By Emma Von Larsen and Bettina Boye/PNN
Various Israeli officials joined the IDC institute of Counterterrorism annual conferenceÂ to discuss the development of terrorism and ways to counter, where Israeli minister of education, Naftali Bennett Â emphasized that â€śmodern Zionism has created a safe haven for Jewish people, and Iran threatens thisâ€ť and continued â€śI have no doubt that the nuclearization of Iran is the number one existential threat to the state of Israelâ€ť.
He claimed that an attack on Iran would not destroy the country, but an attack by Iran on Israel would, and that is a great threat for Israel. Despite the lack of an actual war between Israel and Iran and Israelâ€™s recent bombing of an alleged weapon factory in Syria, which could be seen as provoking and as an invitation to a proxy war with Iran, Bennett underlines, that the tension between the two countries is not a â€śCold Warâ€ť.
Bennett also argued that Israelâ€™s own policy of disengagement is one of the greatest threats towards itself, and mentions as an example the 2005 disengagement from the conflict in Gaza, and that the consequences of Israelâ€™s disengagement was the takeover of the Strip by Hamas.
As another example of Israelâ€™s policy of disengagement, Bennett mentions the situation with Hezbollah, and states that, when the Israeli military retreaded from the position in Lebanon they indirectly allowed Hezbollah to blossom and to grow strength.
â€śI would like to state this emphatically: Lebanon is Hezbollah and Hezbollah is Lebanon. A ballistic attack on Israel would be the equivalent of a declaration of war by sovereign state of Lebanon,â€ť he said.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.