The international community is failing to deal with Iran
Lebanon was kidnapped by a terror organization operated by another country, and the world has become accustomed to it.
by Anna Ahronheim, Jerusalem Post
September 12, 2017
The international community is failing to deal with terror-producing countries and has become accustomed to Lebanon being held hostage by a terror organization, former defense minister Moshe Ya'alon stated at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism’s 17th annual conference on Tuesday.
One must ask why "the world has become accustomed to the fact that Lebanon was kidnapped by a terrorist organization operated by another country, but the reality is that the international community has become used to the world order and does not deal with it,” Ya'alon stressed in his speech.
Ya'alon’s warnings on Iran were echoed by IDF Brig.-Gen. Ram Yavne, the head of the military's Strategic Division, who also attended the conference.
Brig.-Gen. Yavne said that while currently there aren't major military state threats, Iran continues to arm Hezbollah, thus transforming the terror group into an almost state actor in terms of military strength.
According to Yavne, as an Iranian proxy, Hezbollah’s intense military force buildup and its obtaining of advanced lethal capability pose a major threat not only to Israel but to regional stability as well.
Israeli officials have recently made several warnings on Iran’s increased presence in the region, and recent statements by leaders in Tehran’s proxy army Hezbollah affirm those warnings, indicating an expansion of coordination with Lebanon’s armed forces.
Israel last fought against Hezbollah in the 34-day Second Lebanon War in 2006, and while both the IDF and the Lebanese Shi'ite terror group have stated that neither side is interested in another conflict, Hezbollah has rebuilt its arsenal and has morphed into an army-like organization.
Senior Israeli and IDF officers have warned that in the event of another round of fighting with Hezbollah, the IDF would target not only Hezbollah targets, but would also be forced to strike throughout Lebanon and its institutions.
According to Ya'alon, a decision by the group to attack Israel would not be made in Lebanon by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, but by Khamenei in Iran.
Iran, Ya'alon said, is more of a threat than the Islamic State group which is currently fighting to retain control over territory in Iraq and Syria after losing significant portions to Iraqi and US-backed coalition forces.
“The Iranian regime continues to violate United Nations Security Council resolutions and distributes weapons and terrorism. It transfers arms to Lebanon and Yemen, for example, and does not pay a price! There are enough reasons to impose sanctions on Iran and even worsen the existing ones,” he said.
Ya'alon also criticized Turkey's conduct on fighting terror, saying that the NATO member helped finance the Islamic State group by buying oil from the Sunni terror organization and allowing people to pass freely through its territory in order to join ISIS in Syria and Iraq and then back to their home countries as trained terrorists.
According to both Ya'alon and Yavne, it is imperative to have superior intelligence in order to prevent attacks and to do so means having intelligence cooperation between governmental bodies and countries.
“Israel’s intelligence gathering makes up our size,” Yavne said, adding that the Jewish state cooperates with its Arab neighbors to prevent attacks. Yavne also noted that Israel cooperates with Egypt in the Sinai Peninsula as well as with Jordan, which has a legitimate fear of internal terror activity in the kingdom.
“Cooperation between countries is the key to defeating terror in the world,” Ya'alon said, “It is possible and it is in our power.”