(photo credit: Ariel Hermoni / Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday downplayed the so-called Iranian
threat, encouraging a more relaxed discourse on what he didn't perceive
as an imminent danger to the Jewish State.
“Perhaps in the
future the Iranian regime will become a threat, but at the moment there
is no need to get too agitated," he said at the Knesset's Foreign
Affairs and Defense Committee. "We are acting to prevent Iran from
becoming [a threat],” he continued.
Barak also expressed his
satisfaction over the recent Palestinian green light for the resumption
of negotiations, albeit indirect, and elaborated on the reasons for the
hitherto diplomatic impasse.
“I am of the opinion that it is better to speak to the Palestinians
directly, but one must keep in mind that under the current situation it
was even tough to get these proximity talks the Americans initiated,"
the defense minister told members of the committee.
difficult to [reach an agreement to resume proximity talks] not just
because of us, but also due to the difficulties and pressures from the
Arab states," added Barak.