'Process of democracy in Egypt not dangerous for Israel'

Former head of military intelligence says Iran is still greatest existential threat to Israel; regime change could be positive.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 19, 2011 19:26
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Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin.

Amos Yadlin 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
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Former head of Military Intelligence, Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin, said Saturday that "the process of democratization in Egypt is not necessarily dangerous for Israel."

Yadlin said during an interview on Channel 2 that "Israel should not get anxious in light of the process [of democratization] that is taking place in Egypt."

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The former head of military intelligence also referred to the instability in Iran. "Iran is still the greatest existential threat to Israel. Regime change in Syria and Iran could bring very positive strategic change for Israel," said Yadlin.

"America's ability to direct the events that took place in Egypt is much greater than its ability to influence Iran," Yadlin added.

"I believe that Iran's strategy is to slowly progress toward developing a nuclear bomb, and that Iran is capable of developing a nuclear bomb. It could produce this bomb as soon as it chooses," said Yadlin. "Iran is armed with nuclear weapons and it this will lead to a different Middle East that is more dangerous," he warned.

The former head of intelligence also said that Hezbollah Leader Hassan Nasrallah is under pressure that comes from inside Lebanon.



"Israeli deterrence on the northern border has prevented Hezbollah from operating in the last four years," Yadlin added.

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