FADC with NATO officials 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy FADC)
The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee warned of the dangers of a
nuclear Iran and Islamist governments rising following the “Arab Spring,” during
a visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels on Sunday and Monday.
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Dichter (Kadima), Yohanan Plesner (Kadima), Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), Arye Eldad
(National Union), Moshe Matalon (Israel Beiteinu) and Orit Zuaretz (Kadima) met
with NATO officials, as well as US, Italian, Portuguese and Canadian ambassadors
to the defense organization.
Dichter said it would be a mistake to call
the upheaval in the Middle East the “Arab Spring,” because it has led to radical
elements being strengthened, and Hotovely said that it is more like an “Arab
Winter.” “The Arab world and democracy are two things that have trouble
connecting,” Dichter said.
Matalon agreed with Dichter, saying that
democracy is a cultural matter that goes beyond the voting booth. He pointed out
that Hitler was elected democratically.
Dichter added that he “has
trouble understanding” why NATO has not intervened in the situation in Syria,
after it battled Gaddafi’s forces in Libya.
Plesner, however, said that
Iran is the real challenge, and that NATO cannot avoid action.
not wait until the last minute, when it’ll already be too late,” he
At the same time, Plesner pointed out that an attack on Syria
or Iran by NATO will not be possible in the near future, because the
organization makes decisions by consensus, and Turkey is unlikely to agree to an
offensive on either country.
Dichter emphasized the importance of a
pre-emptive attack on Iran, saying that NATO should learn from Israel’s
experience in the Yom Kippur war, in which the IDF was surprised by Egyptian and
“Iran is a global problem for the entire free world and
not just Israel,” Hotovely said. “The world can’t expect Israel to solve its