An Israeli minister says he'd prefer Daesh to Iran in Syria

Published January 20th, 2016 - 10:46 GMT
The Israeli defense minister's words echoed Israeli concerns we've heard about Iran in the past, but pegging Daesh as the preferred option sounds like a bad political move for anyone. (AFP/File)
The Israeli defense minister's words echoed Israeli concerns we've heard about Iran in the past, but pegging Daesh as the preferred option sounds like a bad political move for anyone. (AFP/File)

Amid heightened discussions about a new era of dealings between the US and Iran, things are getting heated as regional partners react. 

So perhaps it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that fiery words are coming from Israel, whose politicians have been at odds with the US and world powers over the nuclear agreement with Iran since its inception. 

During a conference at the Institute of National Security Studies in Tel Aviv Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told a crowd Iran posed a greater threat to Syria than Daesh (ISIS), the Times of Israel reported.

Should Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fall, he added, he'd rather see Daesh take control than an Iranian proxy.

Huh.

He said Israel's "greatest enemy is the Iranian regime that has declared war." Shia groups like Hezbollah, widely regarded as being Iranian-backed, had already waged war on Israel in the Golan Heights, according to the minister.

Of course, Iran is certainly no bystander in the Syrian conflict—both Hezbollah and Iranian Republican Guard forces have appeared on the battlefield and at the negotiation table alongside Syrian government forces. Hezbollah has also have clashed with Israeli forces in the Golan Heights.

Still, Ya'alon's words are jarring. And while Israel has voiced similar fears about Iran becoming less isolated in the past, suggesting Daesh is the preferred option to anyone sounds like a bad move all around. 


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