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Israeli Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz.

Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz says that Iran is still a greater threat than the global Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror organization.

The terror group has spread its threat level to the borders around Iraq and Syria, and has taken over the Iraqi side of the sole border crossing with Jordan – an ominous sign – as well as two crossings with Syria, which is creating a growing security concern for Amman.

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Asked in a radio interview whether Israel would help defend Jordan from ISIS, Steinitz said Sunday that Israel would certainly help the Hashemite Kingdom in its defense against the radical Islamist terrorists.

“Jordan is a strong state, but still, if Jordan were truly in danger from these jihadist extremists and asked for our assistance, Israel has a very clear interest in the existence of Jordan,” Steinitz said.

He added, however, that he believes the threat to the Hashemite Kingdom may have subsided, given the ability of Kurdish fighters to beat back the ISIS forces with the aid of U.S. air strikes in Iraq.

Steinitz acknowledged that the threat to the region from ISIS is real – but the threat to Israel and the rest of the world from Iran is far greater, he warned. ISIS, he said, “is a threat for a few years; Iranian nuclear weapons will be with us – if Iran becomes a nuclear power – for dozens of years.”

Steinitz recently met in Washington with American officials to discuss the upcoming nuclear talks with Iran, pointing out that while building a world coalition to fight ISIS is important, it is equally important not to forget the Iranian nuclear threat.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

6 COMMENTS

  1. It is perfect assesment.since this so called ascendacy of the outdated morron ayatollahs o ly death and destruction hsve rained on this part of the world.we pray for the right guy to take back the whitehouse so that the civilised world would have a leader to nip in the bud of the iranian cheos.The world is in reasingly getting tired of the mullahs.Pray for the days that they would be silenced forever.DISGUSTING TERRORISTS!

  2. Everyone of us needs to rise up, sounding the alarm, warning the nations to awake out of their sleep and slumber, against a people so brutal, so bloodthirsty, wanting to rule the world with their sharia law. Brutally murdering any who doesn’t submit to their law. Do you think this is a game? Do you think these people aren’t serious? Do you think it won’t happen to you and your country? Wake up and rise up and stop these people. Reject their way of life, for only you can. Shalom everyone.

  3. Obama will do nothing to upset Iran’s ally Assad. You will notice he even refuses to call it ISIS where the second s stand for Syria. He will attack in Iraq, but Syria is hands off. The Saudis thanked Israel for bombing Syria’s Nuclear Weapons facility, but Obama refuses to upset the Baathist apple cart.

    Mr. Obama have been doing his best to ingratiate himself to Iran. The quickest and most obvious method is to lend support to Hamas, an Iranian Client state; to attempt to weaken Iran’s enemy, the Zionist Regime, and continue supporting that other ally; Assad the Butcher. I am a little surprised he hasn’t send Rodman back to Iran’s other ally, North Korea as his personal envoy to the poor misunderstood Kim Jong-un.

    Obama has no real interest in Israel or Iran or Kurdistan being safe. Obama has no real interest in Gaza or the Palestinians or the Yazidis or Arameans, or the Syraics, or the Maronites, or Copts, etc. Obama wants to be known as the President who signed a treaty with Iran and to that end anyone handy is to be thrown under the bus.

    No Obama’s problem is not with The Caliphate; it is Iran. It is not Middle East politics but Beltway politics. Obama’s Administration ends soon and his entire Foreign Policy from his “Russian Reset” failure to his Arab Spring failure; has unraveled and he has nothing to merit his Nobel Peace Prize and he knows it. This is his last ditch effort to ensure his legacy, a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty with Iran, no matter how bogus.

  4. It's a done deal… Iran gets the bomb… It's Geo Bush's fault… Obama will say that he never worked harder to protect Israel… if Iran blackmails Israel – Israel will answer the only way left. Goodby Israel and Goodby Iran… The nightmare is just beginning and the US and Israel are Loosing.

  5. The Pope is right… WW111 is just beginning – but- it will be a different kind of war… Not one big war… but many strong smaller wars in a dozen different locations. Millions will die. A Democrat will probably never be elected again in the US. Then I woke up !

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