Speaking for the first time as Israel's Defense Minister, and doing so in Israel's parliament before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman delivered a stern message to Israel's enemies.
"If anyone tries to force a confrontation with us, any such confrontation will have to end in a decisive manner. We have to erase any desire and any motivation to mess with us a second time, and therefore deterrence is the key word," Lieberman warned.
"Israel faces extremely complex challenges," he added.
"No country has as many threats against it as Israel, from [the Islamic State group] in Sinai, Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon and al-Qaida in Syria. And above all else, Iran," he told committee members.
Addressing the condition of the Israeli homefront, Lieberman said, "In the next war all of our enemies intend to first hit the civilian homefront and innocent people, which is why we are prioritizing the homefront issue completely differently."
Regarding his new position heading the Defense Ministry, Lieberman said: "I intend to appear here as defense minister for a good several years."
Speaking on the issue of terrorism, Lieberman told the committee that "we have formulated a policy of carrots and sticks toward the places where terror comes from."
This article was originally published by Israel Hayom at http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=35059