Ayalon: Iranian Comments on Inevitable War Confirm 'Fanatic' Regime

Monday, 24 Sep 2012 02:42 PM

By Patrick Hobin and Kathleen Walter

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The declaration by an Iranian senior military commander that an Israel-Iran war will happen shows the “brazenness” of an “irresponsible, dangerous, fanatic regime,” Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon, told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.

An Iranian senior military commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said over the weekend that an Israeli-Iran war will eventually happen and that Israel will eventually be destroyed. Ayalon said that confirms the danger Israel is facing.

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“That shows, again, the brazenness of this very irresponsible, dangerous, fanatic regime,” he said. “This is why it is very important to move on with great pressure on Iran to make sure that they will stop their dangerous nuclear program and also will stop terrorism worldwide as they have been doing. It is not just Israel’s job, it’s the entire international community which is under threat and we very much appreciate the American-led coalition. It is important to keep all options on the table.”

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He went on, “The last thing I can say is that Iran, with all this bravado and irresponsibility, it’s also a very vulnerable country under this Ayatollah regime. They have undercut their own people economically, socially and so with real continued economic pressure, they may turn on a dime and stop their program.”

Ayalon refused to speculate on a timeline for Iran’s capability to build a nuclear weapon, preferring to measure it by progress and developments on the ground.

“It is true that right now they’re racing towards a bomb,” he said. “They use this dialogue that they’ve had with the international community as a cover to continue to do that and this is why it’s high time to put the dilemma for them that if they continue, there will be consequences – the most severe ones. So far, it seems like they have not internalized how serious, how determined the international community is.”

“It could be a very short window that we have but, again, I do not want to relate into a specific time intervals but, according to the progress on the ground right now, they continue to make progress on all fronts, meaning enrichments, delivery systems. They already have a delivery system that can cover not just the entire Middle East but almost all of Europe and they’re planning, also, to reach the continental U.S.A.,” he said.

Ayalon wouldn’t characterize the degree of support from the Obama administration but said the relationship between the U.S. and Israel remains as strong as ever.

“The relationship between Israel and the United States is so deep and so strong and the terminology is never in such insinuations on the country. We are on the same side. We are working together. We have no better friend than the United States and the alliance between Israel and the United States is a natural one based not only on values, but also interests.”

He continued, “This is a very delicate, sensitive time, naturally, because of the election. We should not get involved because, for us, truly, we do not distinguish between Republicans or Democrats. For us, you’re all Americans and we should keep it this way. By definition, I would say that every president of the United States is a great friend of the state of Israel, again, based on a wide scope of interests and other very deep-meaning considerations of values and ethos and world outlook, this would be under president.”

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Ayalon said sanctions against Iran are having an effect — but not to the degree that it would end the nuclear program — and past “red line” declarations have been effective when used.

“Sanctions are absolutely having an impact but not to the extent that they would stop their program. And the sanctions are put there not just for the sake of sanctions but for the sake of changing the minds and the conduct of this rogue ayatollah and, so far, they have not done so,” he said. “So we have to raise the price for them until they will relent and they are quite capable of relenting because once they have, in the past, perceived a real threat, they stopped enrichment. This was in 2003. When they are being faced with red lines, for instance, not to block the Strait of Hormuz or not to provoke the American Navy or not to provoke the Saudis when they realize that a red line is put before them, they yield. So this should be the case also with their nuclear program.”

The Libya attack and the protests throughout the Middle East and North Africa indicate a resurgence of Islamic extremism, Ayalon said.

“The whole notion of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ is exploding in everybody’s face,” he said. “The Arab Spring can easily become an extreme Islamist Winter and, if we are not watchful enough, what happened in Benghazi to the American consulate can happen all over in the Middle East. And the Islamists, unfortunately, which are very well organized and disciplined and financed, can take over and this is the main danger. What the lesson is that we cannot afford another Islamic revolution like in Iran in 1979."

Ayalon said if Egypt pulls out of the 1979 Camp David agreement, it could be dangerous for Egypt and the region.

“I cannot think of a more dangerous thing for Egypt itself and the region, pulling out of their international agreements and, specifically, of course, the peace accord with Israel,” he said. “This is the foundation of stability and security in the Middle East. It is well within the interests not only with Israel, but also Egypt and the region itself. So far, we have not seen anything towards that direction and I don’t believe we will see it. I am very optimistic that relations, because of the interests for both parties, that peace will be kept and the agreement and all of its details will also be kept.”

Ayalon will head the U.N. Summit on Jewish Refugees this week in New York, a conference that focuses on Jews from Arab countries who were forced out of their homes by their governments when Israel was established.

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He said, “Bringing up awareness in the international arena for Jewish refugees from Arab countries is critical for peace and reconciliations in the Middle East because the model of how these Jewish refugees that were expelled and were treated so humiliatingly in Arab countries, how they were received in Israel should be a model of how all refugees in the Middle East should be treated, namely the Arabs or the Palestinians.”

Ayalon continued, “After 65 years, it is time to bring this refugee problem to rest and the only humane, practical, logical way to do it is through compensation for all and everyone agrees that the Arab refugee problem is one of the most sticking points between Israel and the Palestinians for peace or for normalization with Arab countries.”


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