Top IDF brass tells US Israel can’t handle Iran alone

T. Belman. Israel always needs resupply in a major war. Plus she needs American support to bomb the nuclear facilities.

Asked by Defense Minister Lieberman to lay out Israel’s national security policy for the US, former deputy IDF chief Yair Golan tells Americans in Washington Israel able to handle ‘primitive’ ISIS, but insists Iran, with its ‘good scientists and talented young people,’ cannot be ‘coped with alone.’

By Korin Elbaz Alush, YNET  

Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan (Photo: Yair Sagi)

Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan (Photo: Yair Sagi)

The IDF’s former deputy chief of staff, Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan told a security conference in Washington DC Friday Israel will not be able to fight against Iran without US assistance, according to reports on the website DefenseNews.

In order to achieve victory over Iran in any possible future military showdown, American help would be essential, he reportedly said during his speech at the Washington Institute.

“We cannot fight Iran alone,” Golan was reported as saying in the online publication. “They can affect us; we can affect them. It’s all about attrition. But if you want to gain something which is deeper, we cannot do it alone. This is a fact of life. It’s better to admit that.”

Paying lip service to ISIS’s threatening determination to carry out attacks, Golan insisted that a lid could be kept on the terror organization, adding that it was still Iran that posed the greatest danger.

“For decades, we’ve dealt with ISIS-style terrorism. I don’t say it’s not a problem. But we managed to live with that. … They are primitive and with relatively limited capabilities. Yes, they have their determination and they are dangerous,” Golan was quoted as saying.
”But when looking at the Iranian threat, it’s much more dangerous compared to the ISIS threat.”
Iran, he continued, “are a higher form of civilization. They have nice, academic infrastructure, impressive industry, good scientists and many talented young people. They are very similar to us, and because they are similar to us they are much, much more dangerous. And we can’t cope with them alone.” 

Photo: Motti Kimchi

Photo: Motti Kimchi


Golan’s trip to Washington as a visiting fellow for military research comes at the behest of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman as the IDF general outlines for his American counterparts Israel national security policy.

According to the DefenseNews, Golan also told his listeners that Israel had to ready itself to lock horns with Iran.
“We cannot allow ourselves not to prepare for direct confrontation with Iran,” he said. “We don’t have expeditionary forces. There is no Marine Corps in Israel … this is beyond our capabilities. So what should we have? That’s a big question. That’s the classified part.” 

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  1. This stupid AH and Idiot DM Lieberman should be fired yesterday for admitting in public Israel’s weakness. Since the late 90’s Israel has spent up to 30% of her defense budget to counter and defeat the Iranian threat. To admit we can’t handle Iran alone then where has all the $BILLIONS gone? I can think of 3-4 different scenarios where Israel can cope successfully with the Iranian threat but our defeatist military are too cowardly and brain dead to consider them or haven’t the cojones to apply. This is the military and political leadership that was in place when they couldn’t defeat Hamas in Gaza and in the end pleaded for a ceasefire. They love their military hi tech toys and trips to the Pentagon, cocktail parties and being on first name basis with the military and political leadership in the USA….They take bribes from Lockheed and Boeing and other contractors and are living the good life but they also take orders from the Americans too. That’s the problem!!!

  2. There are ways of destroying Iran within the capability of Israel. No we are not going to capture Iran. If we have the will we have the means to destroy it.

  3. @ Bear Klein:
    Forget about destroying Iran. The best fix is to initiate steps likely to result in possibly abrupt regime change. Iran, irrespective of its status as a Moslem state, was friendly to Israel before the present gang of fanatics broke up the age-old monarchy and substituted a regime of hatred and oppression. What goes around comes around, as the history of Russia clearly shows.

    Arnold Harris, Outspeaker

  4. @ ArnoldHarris:
    That is not in Israels capabilities.

    Yes probably half the Iranian population would be friendly to Israel if there was regime change. Israel can not count on it.

  5. @ Bear Klein:

    Time for Israel to bring her nukes up from the basement and flaunt them

    pre-announce all retaliatory targets set on automatic if any missile is detected launched towards Israel.

    Advise all Western governments that Israel will not wait for Iran to become a nuclear existential threat and will preempt by nuking all of Iran’s oil and gas fields that will not only deny them of essential energy source but will create the potential for a global Nuke winter from tens of thousands of radioactive burning oil-wells that cannot be extinguished… We have the means to do what we threaten and cannot be stopped if we decide to execute. We advise them that either they stop Iran or suffer the terrible consequences…. For this to work we must be believed and it requires an Israeli leadership with the respect that he means what he threatens and will not repeat our warning…. I think that to bring to bear our seriousness we attack and obliterate Hezbollah eliminating the threat should we attack Iran…. If we do this we will have the attention and credibility to be believed by the world and Iran, we mean business.

  6. @ yamit82:

    Agreed on destroying the Hezis in a preemptive strike.

    Step 2 EMT over Iran.

    Step 3 – Destroy any military capabilities in Iran that Step 2 did not finish.

  7. @ Bear Klein:

    Not sure we can carry out your step three… My plan is to coerce mainly the Americans to do the job in their own interest and out of fear of what my plan would do to their and the world economies not to mention subsequent proliferation… Democracies are seldom pro-active but will in most cases act when no choice in their own self interest. Hezbollah / Syria no less an existential threat than a nuclear Iran think 10,000 missiles raining on Israel each day many upgraded and very accurate some with poison gas.

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