50 years since Six Day War: Ya’alon says Israel no longer faces conventional existential threat

During a special convention marking 50 years since Israel’s victory in the Six Day War, former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon compared the obstacles that Israel currently faces to the threats from five decades ago and stated: “Today, there is no conventional existential threat on the State of Israel.”
Ya’alon: No existential threat on Israel Photo Credit: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

During a special convention marking 50 years since the Six Day War that took place yesterday (Monday), former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon stated that since the war, the State of Israel no longer faces an existential threat. “The watershed moment regarding the existential threat toward the State of Israel is the Six Day War,” he said. “Ever since, the threat has faded.” Concerning the Arab states that decided to sever ties with Qatar, Ya’alon stated that “there is no longer an Arab coalition against us.”

Ya’alon spoke at the War that Changed the Face of the Country and of the Middle East Conference, held by INSS and Yad Yitzhak Ben Zvi. During his speech, Ya’alon claimed that in the five decades since the war, the entire State of Israel and especially the IDF were able to bridge a substantial gap in order to deal with the conventional threats. “The Arab countries can no longer conquer the State of Israel,” Ya’alon declared. “The threats that we currently must deal with are non-conventional threats, for example, the Iranian nuclear threat and rockets being fired into Israeli territory.”

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