Ex-IDF general’s Isis warning
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