The Israeli leader answered questions at a London think tank, addressing issues such as Gaza and the Iranian threat.







Netanyahu at Policy Exchange

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is “no longer immune” from Israeli attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Thursday.

Speaking at a Q&A session at London’s Policy Exchange think tank, Netanyahu addressed Iran’s presence in Syria, stressing that Israel has so far refrained from intervening in the Syrian civil war. “Now the war is nearly over he (Assad) invites Iran in? He is no longer immune. If he fires, we’ll destroy his forces,” Netanyahu said.

Asked whether he feels he was able to convince European leaders of his stance on the Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu said, “There’s a common goal that we share, and that is to make sure Iran doesn’t get nuclear weapons.”

 

Addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Netanyahu asserted that the reason for the lack of peace is the Palestinians’ refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. “The Palestinians should have all the power to govern themselves, and none of the power to threaten us,” he said.

Netanyahu was also asked why the IDF used live fire against Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border rather than non-lethal riot control measures. “We tried water cannons, we tried tear gas and none worked,” he replied. “Hamas wants them to die.”

UK Prime Minister Theresa May told Netanyahu during their Wednesday meeting that the situation in Gaza have been of concern to her government. “The UK absolutely recognizes the right that Israel has for self-defense against the activities of extremists and terrorists,” she said, “but with 100 Palestinian lives lost and the deteriorating situation in Gaza, I hope we can talk about how we can alleviate that situation.”