Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said in a speech at a national security conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday that the United States has lost its influence in the Middle East since it started scaling back on military action in the area.
Ya'alon also said that Russia is using this change in U.S. policy to gain influence with its own allies in the region, according to Israel Hayom.
Israel Hayom reports:
Ya'alon said Russia had taken advantage of the U.S. absence to "buy itself a better footing and show everyone they do not abandon their allies, and in doing so they have been allowed to lead [diplomatic] negotiations."
"The U.S. has decided to be less involved, to stop being the world's policeman and distance itself from areas of conflict. Look at what is happening in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria," he said.
Ya'alon said there was no chance of a real peace accord with the Palestinians and suggested going for "an arrangement, but not a permanent agreement."