“Iran has continued research and development on new, far more efficient machines for producing uranium fuel that could power reactors or bombs, and its stockpile of low enriched uranium has actually grown, according to a report by Institute for Science and International Security.
“The Iranian regime has also trumpeted recent tests of new ballistic missiles that could be used to deliver a future warhead...”
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“...While the White House said Iran would receive no more than $7 billion in relief, these experts say that the rise in oil exports and other economic spikes will give Iran “well more than $20 billion.
“Therefore, on this matter, we have to behave as though we have nobody to look out for us but ourselves.”
“There have been delays in the nuclear program, but the [interim] agreement is very convenient for the Iranians. They’re settling down at the threshold and can decide when to make the breakthrough to a nuclear bomb.”
Ya’alon referred as well to other ways in which Obama’s foreign policy has shown weakness in various places in the world:
“The moderate Sunni camp in the area expected the United States to support it, and to be firm, like Russia’s support for the Shi’ite axis. I heard voices of disappointment in the region. I was in Singapore and heard disappointment about China getting stronger and the US getting weaker. Look what’s happening in Ukraine, where the United States is demonstrating weakness, unfortunately.”
Ya’alon warned that if the American government continues to function internationally with weakness, the national security of the United States will be badly damaged:
“If you sit and wait at home, the terrorism will come again. Even if you hunker down, it will come. This is a war of civilizations. If your image is feebleness, it doesn’t pay in the world. Nobody will replace the United States as global policeman. I hope the United States comes to its senses. If it doesn’t, it will challenge the world order, and the United States is the one that will suffer.”
Ya’alon said, finally, that American military aid to Israel needs to be “seen in proportion”:
“It isn’t a favor America is doing, it’s in their interest. They get quality intelligence and technology. We invented Iron Dome. The wings of the F-35 stealth fighter – we invented. We invented the Arrow [an anti-ballistic missile].
It is not every day that we see this sort of honesty at high levels of the government, and it is to be applauded.