Israel must be prepared to defend itself — by itself — from the nuclear threat posed by Iran, says Yaakov Amidror, a retired major general with Israeli military intelligence and former national security adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"What Israel should do is to take very seriously the advice of the president of the United States of America — that Israel should be in a position to defend itself by itself and to take it as seriously as possible," Amidror said Tuesday on "the Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"We invest a lot of money and we will invest a lot of money and we will find solutions that will go with the line of the president, that Israel should defend itself by itself."
Amidror, a senior fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University, said he is convinced the emerging nuclear limits deal that the U.S. and other world powers are hammering out with Iran is no good.
"My feelings are very clear. The agreement with Iran is going to be a very bad one and I agree with the secretary of state that not having an agreement is better than having a bad one," he told Malzberg.
"When you look at the Iranians' behavior around the Middle East, you understand they do not take seriously the international rules of terrorism … from backing Hezbollah in Lebanon to Yemen and other places.
"To trust the Iranians in something which is not based on any experience of the past, and with all due respect to our experience with monitoring, it's very bad … At the end of the day, I believe the truth will prevail and it will be understood this is only an attempt to destroy Israel's position in the world."
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