Israel Defense Minister in U.S.: ‘We need an active America in the mid-East’


Israeli Defense Minister Lieberman told Secretary Mattis that the United States’ position is very important, and went on to stress, “We need an active America in the region.”

By Nitsan Keidar


Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman met on Tuesday in Washington with U.S. Secretary of Defense, Gen. James Mattis. Liberman was received by an honor guard at the Pentagon and the meeting was held in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

During the meeting, Mattis and Liberman discussed all the security issues shared by Israel and the United States that are on the agenda, and discussed in depth the strategic issues in the Middle East, including Iran, Syria, Lebanon and other issues.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman meets with U.S. Secretary of Defense, Gen. James Mattis in Washington on Mar 7,2016. – Photo: Ariel Hermoni/Ministry of Defense

Liberman told Mattis that Israel views with concern the goings on in Lebanon by Lebanese President Michel Aoun, and particularly the fact that the Lebanese army has become part of the operating system of the Hezbollah terrorist group.

The two ministers agreed on the need to act to strengthen the moderate forces in the region and create a coalition to fight terrorism.

Lieberman told Secretary Mattis that the United States’ position, as it is currently expressed, is very important in order to remove obstacles that harm stability in the Middle East. “We need an active America in the region,” he stressed.

“The strategic cooperation between Israel and the U.S. is vital and crucial not only for the security of Israel, but for security and stability throughout the Middle East and this also has implications on global security,” said Liberman, who added that the axis of evil the world, as he put it, stretches from Iran to North Korea.

Following the formal meeting, Mattis and Liberman held a private meeting.


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  1. Chalermchai Wattanawongpitak says:

    Stop wars in the Mideast. Israel must pursue peace talks with Palestine now n let the palestinians have its own state. The only true peace is the best guarantee for a peaceful coexistence between Israel n the palestinians. Also the benefits to both peoples.

    • israelandstuffcom says:

      Peace and coexistence is exactly what Israel wants. But your comment is so naïve it borders on ignorance.

      What does this have to do with the wars in the MidEast? Syria has nothing to do with the Israel Arab conflict, and neither is the Iraq war with ISIS, or in Yemen, Afghanistan, or in Turkey with the Kurds.

      Peace will NEVER be made as long as Palestinian leaders force the conflict to continue, since that’s how they accumulate their wealth.
      READ THIS: Why A Two-State Solution Won’t Happen

      Finally, ‘Palestinians’ are NOT a people. They are an assortment of Regional Arabs

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