Ex-IDF gen­eral’s Isis warn­ing

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY BEN WEICH

BENNY GANTZ, the for­mer IDF chief of staff, has warned that the West must de­feat Is­lamic State’s ide­ol­ogy as well as its fighters.

The Lieu­tenant Gen­eral told an au­di­ence in Lon­don: “You can beat a mil­i­tary force with mil­i­tary force. But you must beat an idea with a bet­ter idea. Isis comes from an idea – it comes from frus­tra­tion.

“Peo­ple are iden­ti­fy­ing with some­thing that is big­ger than them, and the world needs to sup­port and strengthen al­ter­na­tive, mod­er­ate ideas.”

Speak­ing as guest of honour at the UJIA an­nual din­ner, Lt Gen Gantz said there could be no com­pro­mise with Isis.

“There’s noth­ing we can agree upon with those peo­ple,” he de­clared.

“You can have ne­go­ti­a­tions with your en­e­mies. But you can­not have any­thing to do with sub-hu­man crea­tures like those peo­ple.”

He also com­mented on the Iran nu­clear deal, reached with the West in 2015, say­ing: “It’s not a ques­tion of whether it’s a good deal or a bad deal. It’s a done deal.

“We should not agree to have Iran mil­i­tary nu­clear ca­pa­bil­i­ties — and if we are look­ing for a neg­a­tive ac­tive ex­am­ple we can see North Korea, who are play­ing games above Ja­pan.

“As long as the Ira­ni­ans stick to the agree­ment, that’s one thing. But once they do some­thing wrong I think we should have diplo­matic pres­sure and, of course, mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions.”

Lt Gen Gantz, who is the son of Holo­caust sur­vivors, is cur­rently serv­ing the cus­tom­ary three-year cool­ing-off

Benny Gantz ad­dress­ing the UJIA din­ner

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