The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, participated in the Baltic States Summit in Lithuania. This is the first time that an Israeli prime minister has visited Lithuania and participated in this summit.

During his statements at the joint press conference of the countries’ leaders, Prime Minister Netanyahu placed particular emphasis on the Iranian issue: The nuclear agreement with Iran threatens Europe because it did not really stop the Iranian nuclear build-up. In fact, it allowed Iran to continue the unlimited enrichment of uranium that in a matter of years will open the way not only for a nuclear bomb but for an entire nuclear arsenal.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also referred to the European Union’s decision to grant EUR 18 million to Iran: “This is a big mistake. It is like a poison pill for the Iranian people and for efforts to stop Iran’s attempts in the region and terrorism beyond the region. He also reiterated that a few weeks ago the Iranian regime attempted to carry out a terrorist attack in Europe.

PM Netanyahu with Baltic prime ministers
Meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, and Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis in Vilnius. Photo: Amos Ben Gershom GPO

Netanyahu also called for help from the Baltic countries in improving relations between the European Union and Israel: “I ask for the help of my friends here, to correct what I believe is a distorted position, a distorted view of Israel in the European Union.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also spoke of the historical Jewish past in Lithuania: “This is the first visit of an Israeli prime minister to the Baltic states, to Lithuania. It has a profound significance, both in a historical sense with the experience of the Jewish people, the Jewish community obliterated in the Holocaust, which ultimately led to the establishment of the State of Israel.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also announced that a future summit meeting of the Baltic states will be held in Israel: “I am delighted that the prime ministers have accepted my invitation to hold the next or a future B3 meeting in Jerusalem”.