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December News and Updates from AFRU

December 2021 Newsletter

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Defense Minister Gantz at the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) Conference

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke at a conference held on November 23 by the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) at Reichman University. Below are some of PM Naftali Bennett’s remarks at the conference: Discussing the Iranian nuclear threat, the prime minister disparaged

the “legacy” he inherited from the previous government: “When I entered the Prime Minister's Office six months ago, I was shocked by the gap between rhetoric and action. I found a disturbing disparity between statements claiming that Iran is unlikely to become nuclear and the legacy I received. Iran is at a very advanced stage of its nuclear program, as its enrichment machine is broader and more sophisticated than ever. In addition to advancing the nuclear program, Iran has also succeeded in consistently encircling Israel with a ring of militias from all sides. From the northeast, Shiite militias in Syria and from the south, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. They have surrounded Israel with missiles while sitting in Tehran. They sit and do us harm and shed our blood without leaving the house and without paying a price.”

Defense Minister Gantz revealed: “Iran attempted to transfer explosives from Syria to terrorists in Judea and Samaria using unmanned aircraft” In his opening remarks, the minister said, “Israel is not a nation that dwells alone, and the Iranian threat is not just to Israel. Iran aspires to become a regional, and eventually a global, hegemon that will impose its extreme ideology, in which human rights are trampled, LGBT people are hanged, women are excluded, and resources are allocated for the benefit of the regime. .”

The conference also featured a conversation between Prof. Uriel Reichman, founding president and chairman of the Board of Directors of Reichman University, and Maj. Gen. (Res.) Amos Gilead at the Security & Policy Conference convened by the Institute of Policy and Strategy at Reichman University.


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