'We expect you to support us in our fight against Iran'

Bennett tells foreign diplomats that Israel expects them to side with the Jewish state in the war against Iran.

Tzvi Lev,

Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
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Education Minister Naftali Bennett told foreign diplomats on Thursday that he expects their countries to support Israel in its escalating battle against Iran.

"We expect your support in face of Iran's nuclear and military aspirations; we cannot sell the future for short-term calm," Bennett told representatives of 26 different countries, including Canada, Russia, Australia, Japan, Germany, and France.

Bennett used the meeting to outline Israel's security policy. "From the year 2000, Israel's strategy was based on deterrence and the hope that Hezbollah’s rockets would rust, which led to the terror group growing in strength," said Bennett, who is a member of Israel's security cabinet.

"Now that Iran is trying to base itself in Syria, we’re not going to make the same mistake we made in Lebanon. We will not allow Iran to build up in Syria*, and we’re willing to create low magnitude friction now to prevent a bigger problem in the future."

The Education Minister added that Hezbollah's electoral gains in this past week's elections in Lebanon proved that Israel would differentiate between Lebanon and Hezbollah in the next round of fighting, hinting that Israel would lay waste to large amounts of Lebanese infrastructure.

"We created an equation. Hezbollah and Lebanon are the same thing and Israel will no longer differentiate between a so-called terror group and the sovereign State of Lebanon," related Bennett.

"Nasrallah understands that his attacking Israel would turn him from the defender of Lebanon to the destroyer of Lebanon.”