Netanyahu warns Iran: “We have an army and we are capable of defending ourselves”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sat down with Russian President Vladimir Putin today in Moscow in order to discuss the war in Syria and the Iranian threat. “The threat of radical Shi'ite Islam threatens us no less than it does the region and the peace of the world,” stated Netanyahu.
Netanyahu with Putin Photo Credit: Israeli Embassy in Moscow/Channel 2 News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow today (Thursday). The two discussed strategic matters such as the war in Syria and the Iranian threat.

“One of the things that we are fighting together is radical Islamic terrorism,” Netanyahu said at the beginning of the meeting. “In the past year, there was significant progress in the fight against the radical Sunni Islamic terrorism led by Daesh [ISIS] and Al Qaida; Russia has made a very important contribution.”

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“Naturally, we do not want this terrorism to be replaced by the radical Shi'ite Islamic terrorism led by Iran,” added Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister also thanked Putin for his Purim greetings and stated: “2,500 years ago in ancient Persia, there was an attempt to destroy the Jewish people that did not succeed and we mark this on the holiday of Purim. Today there is an attempt by Persia's heir, Iran, to destroy the state of the Jews.”

“I would like to say as clearly as possible: Israel is a state today,” continued Netanyahu. “We have an army and we are capable of defending ourselves. But the threat of radical Shi'ite Islam threatens us no less than it does the region and the peace of the world and I know that we are partners in the desire to prevent any kind of victory by radical Islam of any sort.”

The Prime Minister’s Office explained that the meeting between the two leaders was scheduled for two reasons: to continue the cooperation between Israel and Russia in order to prevent problems in Syria and to express Israel’s serious opposition to the presence of Iranian forces along Israel’s borders and in the Mediterranean Sea. “Netanyahu plans to reiterate to President Putin the fact that the Golan Heights is not part of the discussion in any outline,” stated the Prime Minister’s Office prior to the meeting.



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