Iran Nukes Mean Stronger Hamas

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon tells officers at the Int'l. Institute for Counter-Terrorism that a nuclear Iran will strengthen Hamas.

Hana Levi Julian & Yoni Kempinski, | updated: 11:55

Dep. FM Danny Ayalon
Dep. FM Danny Ayalon
Israel news photo: Yoni Kempinski

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told officers at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism on Monday that a nuclear-armed Iran would strengthen the Hamas terrorist organization and other negative forces in the region.

Speaking to a group at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Ayalon noted that “Iran is the source of instability in the Middle East... Iran's fingerprints and seal can be found in all the violence in the Middle East.” 

He added that Iran supports Hamas, and said, “The strengthening and arming of Iran with nuclear weapons will directly effect the strengthening of Hamas and the negative forces in the region, at the expense of the moderate forces.”

Resolve Iran Problem, Improve PA Talks

Ayalon also suggested that resolving the issue of Iran's threat in the region would improve the situation vis-a-vis negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

We must fight the Iranian nuclear program as if there is no Palestinian problem, and continue with the Palestinian issue as if there is no Iranian problem – but if it turns out that there is a connection, then we must first resolve the Iranian issue to strengthen the moderate Palestinians and to advance the negotiations with them. Stopping a nuclear Iran will certainly contribute to the process with the Palestinians,” he said.

'A New Type of Warfare'

The deputy foreign minister noted that terrorists have learned to wage war in a new way in recent years, by taking advantage of the international legal system in various countries around the world.

Terrorism has become sophisticated – it tries to defeat the forces by exploiting the legal system,” he said. At the request of the PA, a number of courts in different nations issued arrest warrants against senior Israeli army officers and political leaders following the January 2009 counter-terrorism Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.

International law and the international legal system are suited to wars between armies, not to wars between an army against a terrorist organization hiding amongst the civilian population,” Ayalon pointed out. “In order to defeat terror, the legal system must be adapted to the new type of warfare.”