IDF Chief Tells Cabinet It’s Time to Learn to Live with Iran at Israel’s Border

Photo Credit: Courtesy US Embassy Tel Aviv

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot with US European Command Commander General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, March 2017.


IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot on Monday briefed the members of the Political-Security Cabinet on the situation in Syria: the danger posed by the Iranian presence in post-civil war Syria and the meaning of the agreement signed earlier this month between the United States, Russia and Jordan, Israel’s Channel 1 TV reported.

The defense establishment claims the distance of pro-Iranians forces from Israel’s border (as short as 3 miles) set in the agreement does not matter as much as the agreement’s regional implications, most crucially the level of American involvement in the Middle East. Should the Trump administration follow Obama’s path and leave Syria’s future in Russia’s hands, trouble would surly ensue.

 This is why Israel will continue its hectic efforts in the near future, to present to the White House its concern over Tehran’s plans under Russia’s protection. To that end, the head of IDF intelligence, Major General Herzi Halevi, left for Washington this weekend, to be followed by the head of the National Security Council, Meir Ben-Shabbat who will meet with his counterpart, General Herbert McMaster.

Still, Jerusalem believes that the superpowers will not be the ones to remove the Iranians from Syria, and Israel may be required to act to protect itself from Hitler’s successors.

In that context, it should be noted that, despite Eizenkot’s global statement to the contrary, distance does matter. In a reality where Iran will essentially be given a free hand in Syria by an ambitious President Putin and a disinterested President Trump, keeping the Shiite militias as far away from the border as possible is emerging as Israel’s key pragmatic policy.

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2 Comments on “IDF Chief Tells Cabinet It’s Time to Learn to Live with Iran at Israel’s Border”

  1. wingate Says:

    The frog in the pot didnt jump out – he finally died…Why? The heat was increased slowly – until the frog died…

    Dont be fooled – dont listen to Mr Eisenkot – whats the difference of being killed by Hezballah or Iran? Youre dead both ways..

    • joopklepzeiker Says:

      To be honest i think the politics in Israel are complete fucked UP BIG time .
      Will this endanger the future of Isabel, are there forces in Israel who are trying to bring Israel in same direction as Europe and liberal USA ?
      Look at the 2 last IDF chiefs , they are talking like NWO promoters .

      Has Israel still a spinal cord not made from shaving foam ?

      Or is Israel leaving the security over to the USA and Putin , that is a dangerous gamble !

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