By Erin Viner
“The main security challenge facing Israel continues to be Iran and it is multi-dimensional. The Iranian nuclear issue and Iran’s activity in the region are the heart of the matter, in addition to global terrorism, which is significant, and all of the above extends beyond our borders,” Israel’s NSA said while addressing to the 2022 Israel Democracy Institute Annual Conference on National Security and Democracy.
The remarks come as Israel has pressed the United States to accelerate operational plans and cooperation against Iran and its terrorist proxies in the region, particularly aimed at preventing the Islamic Republic from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Dr. Haluta said he noted during his participation at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Manama Security Dialogue conference in Bahrain last week that, “the discourse on Iran has become an international consensus: Iran is not just our problem.” He added that European Union Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen “did well to define Iran as a global problem.”
The top security advisor went on to hail Israel’s integration into the region, in a process he said, “began with the Abraham Accords and continued through the Negev Forum, with the long and close interaction of the Prime Minister, the National Security Council and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with their regional counterparts.”
Dr. Haluta emphasized that there has been “great progress” over the the past year-and-a-half with neighboring states, not only from a security perspective but also in the economic and cultural spheres. “There are the trade agreements we have signed and the cross-border energy projects that we have launched in the region. The networks of relations that we usually consider from a security perspective have become economic and cultural,” he said.