A self-described “proud minority – and I am not ashamed of it,” Ayalon said he believes that Israel still must find a way to coexist with its Palestinian neighbors.
He told the post that the title of his book, Friendly Fire, is because he thinks “our worst enemy is not the Iranians, Hezbollah, Hamas or Islamic Jihad – our main threat, our worst enemy is ourselves.”
Ayalon “told three prime ministers unequivocally that peace and security were intertwined,” he related in his book. “Security cooperation with the Palestinians was key to combating terror, and this cooperation was only possible in the context of genuine hope among the Palestinian public that our occupation would end.”
He added that if Israel does not maintain itself as a Jewish and democratic state, that will mean the end of Zionism, and “this is what we are doing day by day for several years – it is only because of us.”