Moshe Ya'alon
Moshe Ya'alon Tamir Hayun

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) on Monday took part in the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, where he recalled warning then Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin against the Oslo Accords back in 1995.

Ya'alon said he warned Rabin that the Palestinian Arabs were not interested in peace as evident in their open incitement, an incitement he said has not changed in the years since.

Detailing the incitement he noted the open statements made in the Palestinian Authority (PA) speaking of an Israeli "occupation" that began in 1948, indicating that they view the entire land as theirs and do not distinguish between Judea and Samaria and the rest of Israel.

He also noted how PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas denies the existence of the Jewish people, saying Jews have a religion but no nationality, and emphasized that the continued refusal to recognize the right of the Jewish state of Israel to exist is the core of the conflict.

Ya'alon then turned his attention to the ongoing normalization talks with Turkey, noting that even as it is engaged in the talks Turkey continues to allow a Hamas terror headquarters in Istanbul to freely operate against the Jewish state.

He also pointed out the role Turkey is playing in "generating" a wave of immigrants from the Middle East going to Europe. He emphasized that most are in fact not "refugees," and that they come from numerous Muslim countries, not just war-torn Syria.

Speaking about a recent visit to Greece, he said that while there he learned there is a "well organized system to invade Europe," decrying the "silent Islamic invasion of Europe" that he says is being orchestrated by groups primarily in Turkey.

He noted how 800,000 migrants from Morocco were flown in to Turkey in a "deliberate operation" and from there on to Greece.

Ya'alon concluded by calling for a "grand strategy" to confront the problem, citing how Israel has been giving humanitarian aid to those in Syria but does not bring in the refugees so as to maintain the nature of the Jewish state.