Israel’s Minister of Defense, Moshe Ya’alon, the second most important person in the hierarchy of Israel’s decision-makers, granted an exclusive interview to Der Spiegel:
The Defense Minister takes a firm stand against the nuclear agreement with Iran, which he once again implicitly equates with compromises that were made with the Nazi regime, adding: “I believe that many historic researchers will deal with it. My gut feeling is that political leaders in the West prefer to postpone the problem, for the next day, for the next year, for the next term”.
He does not preclude an attack on Iran, declaring: “We can’t tolerate a military nuclear Iran … By one way or another, the Iranian military nuclear ambitions should be stopped.” When asked whether more cyber attacks and assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists can be expected, he replies: “I’m not responsible for the life of Iranian nuclear scientists.”
The interview was conducted in Ya’alon’s office on Monday this week by Holger Stark, Der Spiegel’s Washington Bureau chief, and myself. On the wall of the office, Ya’alon has a picture of Israeli fighter jets flying over the Auschwitz concentration camp, inscribed with the promise of the Israeli Air Force commander: “Never again. Rely only on ourselves.” Even if you don’t agree with this mentality, it’s still important to understand it’s a leading one in the hearts and minds of Israel’s top politicians.
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