Ya’alon Comes to Washington

Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s trip to Washington D.C. this week has come at a most volatile moment in the Middle East. As the Syrian civil war continues to spiral out of control, Iran and its proxies remain hell-bent on exerting hegemony in the region. Before meeting with his U.S. counterpart Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter later on in the day, Ya’alon spoke at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on Monday morning. “First of all I am here to discuss the cooperation between the United States and Israel regarding defense,” began the defense minister. “We do enjoy a superb relationship when it comes to the defense establishment -- with the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defense, personally between Ash Carter and myself; the armed forces on both sides; the intelligence agencies -- [all] for the benefit of our two countries,” he added. Ya’alon, born Moshe Smilansky in the Haifa suburb of Kiryat...(Read Full Article)