Nobel Laureate Prof. Yisrael Aumann: "The World Will Appreciate Our Determination"

(Israel Hayom) Nadav Shragai - Nobel laureate Prof. Robert (Yisrael) Aumann, 84, who in 2005 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his contributions to the field of game theory, believes Prime Minister Netanyahu should hold his ground on Iran. "Capitulation, sycophancy, and cowardice will only undermine us," he says. "Sometimes, you have to courageously follow your own path and not try to curry favor with anyone." Israel's actions during the 1967 Six-Day War and the 1976 Entebbe hostage crisis, as well as its decision to bomb the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq in 1981, "garnered worldwide sympathy. Eventually, this will be the case here, as well. The world will learn to appreciate Israel's determination against the Iranian threat, and something good will come of this adamant stance." Aumann dismissed suggestions Netanyahu's address to Congress might do more harm than good, and might even jeopardize Israel-U.S. relations. "I don't accept that," he said. "This is a matter of life and death for Israel....The Iranians not only withstand U.S. [pressure], they scoff at it. They are able to endure economic pressure and sanctions, and they are able to make more headway than someone capitulating and showing weakness. In that respect we can learn a lesson from them on how to withstand pressure."

2015-03-03 00:00:00

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