“The War of Independence did not end,” Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said today, speaking at the traditional Independence Day gathering of senior defense officials.
“The defense establishment and the IDF stand, and will continue to stand, in the face of challenges along our borders and in countries that are father,” he said.
Yaalon spoke of the Iranian nuclear threat, “The world got a late start dealing with the problem of an Iranian military nuclear program,” he said. “The regime in Tehran does not see the western world as determined to stop the nuclear project, so it allows itself to continue with its plans.
“Only putting the Iranian regime before the dilemma of ‘bomb, or survival’ will lead to the end of the project,” he said.
“The world must take the lead in the standoff with Iran, but Israel must prepare for the possibility that it will need to protect itself alone,” he added.
Yaalon also spoke of the threat posed by Hizbullah and Hamas. “They are armed with tens of thousands of missiles and rockets of various types, and if the order is given they will fire them at our cities and our civilians,” he warned. “Hizbullah is arm of the Tehran regime… Lebanon’s citizens and its leaders must understand that if Hizbullah attacks us – the organization and Lebanon itself will be considered responsible, and will pay the price.”
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