More Quotes

“Even though Hezbollah forces are gaining significant operational experience through their actions in Syria, this activity has also brought on an economic and morale crisis for the group.”

(IDF Chief of Staff Lt.Gen. Gadi Eisenkot speaking to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, 22/02/2017)

“Singapore and Israel are old friends. When we became independent, the IDF helped us build and train the [Singapore Armed Forces]. Today, our ties extend to investments, technology and R&D. Our universities and research institutes have exchanges and joint research projects, and we are planning further collaboration with each other.”

(Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks at a joint press briefing at the Istana with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 20/02/2017)

“If you ask me, ‘What is the biggest news in the Middle East?’ I think that [for] the first time since 1948 the moderate Arab world, Sunni world, understands that the biggest threat for them is not Israel, not Jews and not Zionism, but Iran and Iranian proxies.”

(Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman speaking at the Munich Security Conference, 19/02/2017)

“The Palestinian Authority’s strategy of putting heavy international political pressure on us has collapsed. We have freedom of action…but this is also our chance to dictate, from a position of strength, what we want. If it’s squandered on building another four outposts, that will be a mistake that will be mourned for generations.”

(Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid speaking to Times of Israel’s correspondent Avi Issacharoff, 6/02/2017)

“I believe there is an opportunity for our government to seize the initiative. Frankly, the conflict is our problem and it is for us to decide what we want. I would like to see us take the right decisions for ourselves, and move proactively in that direction. If we do so, while leaving the door open to a future agreement within the regional framework of a two-state solution, we are likely to find regional and international partners who will work with us, even if peace is not around the corner.”

(BICOM Senior Visiting Fellow Brig Gen (res) Michael Herzog speaking at the BICOM annual dinner, 7/02/2017)

“Talks held on Monday between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Theresa May are a timely reminder of how important it is for Britain to maintain a strong relationship with the Jewish state. As the region’s only truly democratic nation, Israel stands as a beacon of stability in a part of the world where the autocratic and dictatorial style of so many neighbouring regimes means the Arab world is now facing its biggest existential crisis since Israel’s victory in the Six Day War in 1967.”

(Telegraph editorial on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official visit to the UK, 06/02/2017)