Defense Minister Ya'alon: No Signs of Terror Wave Subsiding

Moshe Ya'alon says there is no 'halting or extinguishing' attacks. He also says Russian defense systems in Syria are not affecting Israeli operations there.

Ofer Vaknin

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said on Monday that he does not see the current wave of terror subsiding in the foreseeable future.

"The terror is mainly by individuals," Ya'alon told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. "There are days with more attacks or fewer attacks, but there is no halting or extinguishing this matter."

He noted: "We are using all the tools at our disposal. The IDF continues to act in order to stop the [terror] wave or [prevent] any possibility of escalation."

The defense minister also discussed on Monday the Russian S-400 air defense system, saying that Israel was told it does not constitute a threat to its operations in Syria.

"When we were informed that it was being deployed, it was made clear that it does not pose a threat to us, and it is not meant to restrict our freedom of movement. Thus, according to our understandings with the Russians, one does not interfere with the other," Ya'alon told reporters at an Israeli army draft ceremony. Ya'alon remarked that there are other systems in Syria like the SA-22, as well as a sea vessel carrying the S-300 missile defense system.

He said that these systems "do not influence our freedom of operations. The air force acts as it did before the Russian presence in Syria, in accordance with our interests. We are acting according to need."

Ya'alon's comments join those of a senior army commander last week, so said that recent incidents represent a limited uprising dating back to the murder of the Henkin couple in early October.