Ya'alon: We need separation

Former Defense Minister bemoans right-wing pressure to build in Judea and Samaria instead of separating from Arabs there.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Ya'alon at Herziliya conference
Ya'alon at Herziliya conference
Chaggai Fried

Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon addressed the state of the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority at the Herziliya Conference Wednesday.

Ya'alon said that despite the lack of a partner for peace on the other side, "we have to decide for ourselves that we do not want a binational state - I see signs of pressure [to build in Judea and Samaria] in the current coalition that we did not intend and did not want."

He continued: "I resigned a year ago and since then I have not seen any changes for the better, as only yesterday another investigation on crony capitalism was launched. I see today a lack of leadership and a politics of survival, and I hope that I will have the opportunity to use what I know to bring us back to [a sane strategy]."

Ya'alon was removed from his position as Defense Minister after he spoke condemningly of IDF soldier Elor Azariya before the investigation had taken place and for not reprimanding his deputy for comparing Israel to Nazi Germany on Holocaust Remembrance Day. He has since announced that he will run for Prime Minister.

Ya'alon was optimistic about the strategic threats facing the State of Israel. "From a political point of view, there is no existential threat to the State of Israel, not from armies, not from rockets and terror, and there is no doubt that the IDF is the strongest army in the Middle East and enjoys effective deterrence. Even on the border with Gaza we have had three years of quiet - to all those who [complain about] Operation Protective Edge. We also have stable peace agreements, and we are not in conflict with the Sunnis - the concept of the Israeli-Arab conflict is no longer relevant at this time. In addition, ISIS is weakening in the Middle East."

He said that he believes ISIS can and will be defeated. However, he said that stability can only return to the Middle East if the US takes a more active role again. "There is a clear need for a global policeman, and we see that unlike the policy of the previous administration, the American response to the use of Assad's chemical weapons is no longer expressed by sitting on the sidelines."