“It’s the worst thing Israel can do to itself. The damage to the State of Israel could be massive. We’re playing into the hands of our worst enemies.” – Yuval Steinitz, YnetNews, 3 January 2018.
“Honestly, I don’t understand why Iranian taxpayers have to spend approximately one billion dollars every year on a Lebanese militia [referring to the Hezbollah terror organization, an Iranian Shiite proxy bent on Israel’s destruction].” – Yuval Steinitz, Times of Israel, 1 January 2018.
“They [Iranians] are now involved in conflicts throughout the Middle East. It costs money, a lot of money. It cost lives of Iranians or their proxies. And I don’t believe that, at the end of the day, they’ll achieve something. They will not destroy the entire Arab world. They will not manage to hegemonize or take control of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt [or the] United Arab Emirates. … Instead, they’re investing billions of dollars in Syria, in Lebanon, Iraq and other places. This is very odd behavior.” – Yuval Steinitz, Times of Israel, 1 January 2018.
“Officials in the United States and in Europe were confident that under the nuclear agreement, after economic sanctions were lifted, Iran would focus on fixing its internal problems, fixing its economy, and not on aggression all over the Middle East. They were wrong.” – Yuval Steinitz, Times of Israel, 1 January 2018.
“I don’t think anyone is still really thinking about exporting the revolution. They are eager to be involved in conflicts, against Israel or the Sunni Arab world. The reason is not rational, but that’s the behavior. …I really don’t understand why the Iranians need all these clashes, again and again and again. It’s coming at the expense of the Iranians and the Iranian economy, infrastructure, development. It doesn’t seem to me that what’s going on in Yemen or in Syria is connected to the situation in Iran.” – Yuval Steinitz, Times of Israel, 1 January 2018.
“It looks like a fantasy, a dream, because there is no parallel, there is no such long and deep underwater gas pipeline in the world, and now, we can understand that this is possible, viable.” – Yuval Steinitz, European Jewish Congress, 7 December 2017.