Deputy FM Ayalon: "This government’s policy should be such that for every terrorist attack there will be a price tag and a tough reaction such that the other side will not consider another terrorist attack."
(Communicated by the Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Over the weekend (January 2-3, 2010), Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon referred to the Iranian situation and stated that "World opinion is forming against Iran, and within a month we will witness international sanctions against that country. It is not certain that the current regime will still be in power in a year’s time. The United States and China are in agreement that a nuclear Iran will destroy the current international order."
Relating to the negotiations with the Palestinians, Deputy FM Ayalon said that "Now, more than ever, the United States understands that the conditions for negotiations are difficult and the problem is the Palestinians who are not willing to show any flexibility in their position. While we strive for peace, we cannot compromise Israel’s interests. The Palestinians must realize that time is not on their side."
On Sunday (3 January 2010), exactly a year after ground forces entered Gaza during Operation Cast Lead, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, visited wounded soldiers still hospitalized at Tel Hashomer Hospital.
During his visit, the Deputy Minister referred to the Grad rocket that hit the South at the weekend and said: "Today, a year after Cast Lead, there is relative quiet in the south. Unfortunately, there are still exceptions, and therefore this government’s policy should be such that for every terrorist attack there will be a price tag and a tough reaction such that the other side will not consider another terrorist attack."
Ayalon also added that: "Operation Cast Lead proves that deterrence works. However, there remains a problem with the violation of international agreements in the south and north by terrorist groups, such as the continued smuggling of weapons.”