Major General (ret.) (IDF) Amos Yadlin, spoke at the JPC On Thursday, July 13, on Strategic Overview of the Middle East.
Gen. Yadlin talked about the 11 years of calm in Israel’s northern border, following the Second Lebanon War (2006). However, Hezbollah’s rearmament is worrying, and while both Israel and Hezbollah are not inclined to go to war again, any miscalculation might spark a collision.
He also touched upon the change in the America strategy in the Middle East with the advent of Pres. Trump, when the Sunni countries fearing Iran don’t feel neglected anymore, like they felt in the Obama era. Gen. Yadlin said that he would have liked Israel to seize the opportunity, and given the new Trump approach and the warming up with the Sunni state, to initiate a move on the Israeli-Palestinian track.
Gen. Yadlin, is the head of the Tel Aviv-based INSS (Institute for National Strategic Studies), is a veteran fighter pilot who flew in many of Israel’s war and operations, including the raid on the Iraqi nuclear compound in 1981. He was Military Attache in Washington and Chief of Military Inteligence.