Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused an offer by the US to adopt the now failed “Afghanistan Model” and rely on Palestinian Authority security forces for security.
The former prime minister revealed Wednesday that in 2013, he was approached by then US Secretary of State John Kerry, who invited him on a secret visit to Afghanistan to see, as he explained, how the US had set up a local military force that could stand alone against terrorism.
“The message was clear – the ‘Afghanistan model’ is the model that the United States seeks to apply to the Palestinian issue as well,” he wrote.
He “politely declined” the offer and rejected the idea.
“I estimated then that as soon as the US left Afghanistan, everything would collapse. This is unfortunately what has happened these days: an extremist Islamic regime has conquered Afghanistan and will turn it into a state of terror that will endanger world peace,” he said.
“We will get the same result if we hand over swaths of land to the Palestinians. The Palestinians will not establish Singapore. They will establish a state of terror in Judea and Samaria, a short distance from Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Kfar Saba and Netanya,” he warned.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan is now under full Taliban control after the fall of Kabul, as US forces and Western diplomats are fleeing the capital’s airport.
He further cautioned that “we saw the same wrong policy with regard to Iran. The international community has embarked on a dangerous agreement that would have given Iran an internationally condoned arsenal of nuclear bombs meant for our destruction.”
“I was then asked by our friends to keep quiet. Do not act or fight. I did not agree to that either. We have pursued an attack policy both in the operational field and in the diplomatic and explanatory field. I went out against the whole world, including many in Israel, and spoke in the US Congress against this dangerous agreement,” he recounted.
“In the end, we brought the US to impose heavy economic sanctions on Iran and to withdraw from the nuclear deal. Were it not for our determined actions Iran would have long had an arsenal of nuclear bombs,” he said.
“The conclusion is clear: the right doctrine that I have led is that we must not trust others to keep us safe, we must defend ourselves on our own in the face of any threat,” he underscored.
He then accused of the government led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett of leading in the opposite direction.
“To our dismay, today the Lapid-Abbas-Bennett government is doing the exact opposite – a way that endangers our security and our very existence. They agreed to a ‘no surprises’ policy with [the US on] Iran, a dangerous policy that restricts Israel’s operational freedom of action. They obey others and maintain a thunderous silence regarding Iran these days as it gallops to the bomb,” he charged.
Reuters reported Tuesday that a new International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report warns that “on 14 August, the Agency verified … that Iran had used 257 g of uranium enriched up to 20% U-235 in the form of UF4 (uranium tetrafluoride) to produce 200 g of uranium metal-enriched up to 20% U-235.”
This can be used to make the core of a nuclear bomb.