WASHINGTON -- While the world has focused on the popular uprisings in the Middle East, Israel has seen a sharp increase in terrorist attacks against its cities in recent weeks.
The Jewish State also faces the rise of radical Islam in neighboring countries as unrest spreads throughout the region.
Ya'alon: Iran Working Behind Scenes
The upsurge in rocket attacks out of Gaza and the recent deadly bombing of a bus station in Jerusalem were not coincidental, according to the second highest ranking member of the Israeli government.
"We believe that behind the scenes, Iran is involved," Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon, the second highest ranking member of the Israeli government, told CBN News in an exclusive interview.
He added that Tehran is trying to exploit the current instability in the Middle East in order to "export their ideology -- the Revolution -- and to undermine moderate regimes" and "on top of it, to challenge us."
Ya'alon agreed with the notion that Iran has seemingly given the green light to its proxies, like Hamas and Islamic Jihad, to up the ante against Israel and to increase attacks.
According to Ya'alon, a massive shipment of Iranian weapons bound for Gaza that was recently seized by Israel was further proof of Iran's intentions, which he says extend far beyond the Middle East.
"We have in Tehran a messianic, apocalyptic regime," Ya'alon told CBN News.
"We are only the minor Satan," he explained. "America is the great Satan. What is America? It is the West, led by the United States. Their aim is to wipe Israel off the face of the map on their way to defeat America."
Iran Not Working Alone
To accomplish that goal, Ya'alon said Iran is determined to develop nuclear weapons. But he says the Iranians are not alone in inciting terror against Israel.
He told CBN News that the recent murders of an Israeli couple and three of their young children by Palestinian terrorists were the end result of daily anti-Semitic indoctrination by the Palestinian Authority.
"If Israel doesn't appear on the Palestinian maps, or the land of Israel is covered with the Palestinian flag; if they consider occupation since '48, not since '67, it means that the conflict is not about the size of Israel or its borders, but it is about our very existence," Ya'alon explained.
Ya'alon said he is also concerned about developments in the nation bordering Israel to the south, Egypt, where the radical Muslim Brotherhood is steadily gaining influence.
"They have a very clear goal: to impose Islam everywhere," Ya'alon said. "Either by converting non-Muslims to become Muslims or through the sword -- to kill them."
"I can't speak about moderate Muslim Brotherhood elements" he added. "No way."
EU, UN Push for Palestinian State
Meanwhile, another international challenge to Israel is also building. The Palestinian Authority appears to be encouraging the European Union and the United Nations to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state. And some South American countries have already followed suit.
"To force such a move on Israel will be a disaster not just for the state of Israel, but for the West as well," the Israeli vice prime minister said. "For sure, what we are going to face in the West Bank, in Judea and Samaria, is a failed and hostile entity.
Despite the variety of possible threats, Ya'alon said Israel will be prepared for any challenge that comes its way.