Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon met, Thursday, with newly-sworn-in German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen and members of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the German parliament. Noting the development of relations between the two countries following the dark days of the Holocaust, he referred to Germany and Israel as two democracies facing similar challenges and thanked Germany for its aid to Israel. Using Hamas rule in Gaza and the Muslim Brotherhood's brief reign in Egypt, he said he did not think he would live to see democracy in the Arab world.
Ya'alon said Iran was the prominent source of instability in the Middle East and was spreading it to South America, Asia and Africa, as well as to Europe. He called the regime in Tehran messianic-apocalyptic, which is why its nuclear program must be stopped. Otherwise it will become a nightmare for the Middle East and the world.