By Michael Wilner
September 12, 2017
Far more than terrorism, the constant threat of Iran remains Israel’s preoccupying concern, Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan told a Washington think tank this week.
Speaking to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the former deputy chief of IDF staff said that terrorist organizations strike a particular chord in the United States due to the nation’s traumatic experiences incurring attacks.
“All nations on Earth think in terms of trauma. And when you have a strategic discussion with someone, you should ask yourself before the discussion starts, ‘What is his shaping trauma?’” Golan said.
Golan said that Israel has dealt for years with Islamic State-styled fighters, and has over the course of those years has learned how to cope.But its leadership has yet to come up with a strategy to fully counter the Iranian threat, he added.
Golan expressed alarm over Iran’s growing presence in Syria, days after Israeli forces allegedly conducted an air raid against a Syrian chemical weapons plant.
The Iranians are reportedly helping Syria with its weapons manufacturing, and are even building missile production sites within Syria itself for easy transfer of precision weapons to Hezbollah forces.