Ya’alon: Why Wasn’t Abbas Held Accountable for Blocking U.S. Peace Efforts?


Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington on Monday that the Iranian nuclear deal has created the conditions for Iran to attain greater hegemony in the region. Iran is now “more confident, more free to act in the region today with more money as a result of the sanctions relief, violating many UN resolutions, international resolutions regarding the proliferation of arms and terror.”

While expressing gratitude to President Obama for his support of Israel’s security, Ya’alon also noted that the U.S. had not held PA President Mahmoud Abbas accountable for his role in the breakdown of peace efforts. “When [Abbas] closed the door in front of both Secretary Kerry in February 2014 and President Obama in March 2014, he wasn’t blamed. Why?…The most important value that is missing in the Middle East is accountability.”

{Matzav.com Israel}