Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman believes that the main threat in the Middle East is Iran, which tramples upon the entire region with its nuclear ambitions, the TASS news agency reported.
“The three main problems, with which we have to deal, are Iran, Iran, Iran,” Lieberman said.
According to the Israeli Defense Minister, the first challenge is Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the program for development of ballistic missiles, as well as smuggling of modern weapons to any problematic area of the Middle East, no matter whether we are talking about Yemen, Lebanon or Syria. Lieberman added that the second challenge is Tehran’s efforts to undermine stability in every country in the Middle East, including Bahrain, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria and, the main goal of Iran today – Saudi Arabia.
The third challenge, according to him, is creation of allied groups by Iran.
“There is the Hezbollah Shiite movement in Lebanon, Islamic Jihad and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Huthis groups in Yemen, Shiite militias in Iraq,” the minister said.
Talking about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Lieberman said that the only way of its solution is creation of two states.
“I think the basic principle of a solution must include [the] exchange of land and population. It does not make sense to create one homogenic Palestinian state and a bi-national state of Israel,” he noted. “My vision, it’s the endgame no doubt, two-state solution,” the Defense Minister added.
However, at the same time, Lieberman noted that an important task is “to keep the Jewish state.”
“My biggest problem is that today on the table we have a proposal [which] will establish a very homogenic Palestinian state without even one Jew and we will become a binational state with more than 20 per cent of the population Palestinians,” he explained.
At the same time, the Israeli Defense Minister is “confident” that today, the problem of the Palestinians is not the main problem of the Middle East. He noted that in the past, it was very easy to explain all the problems of the Arab world with existence of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but, today, it is obvious that there is no connection between the rebellion in Tunisia, the civil wars in Syria and Lebanon and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Lieberman stressed that despite all the existing problems, they manage to keep the situation with the Palestinians under control, and it does not look similar to the situation in Syria, Libya and Yemen.