Netanyahu to EU: Stop Pressuring Us to Endanger Our Existence

(Prime Minister's Office) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting European Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday: The militant Sunnis led by Islamic State and the militant Shiites led by Iran are moving into the ruins of shattered states in the Middle East and they each want to establish their own Islamic empire. They fight each other over who will be king of this empire. But make no mistake about it. Whom they target is, first, us, other Muslims, and Christians, but then you. Iran is building ICBMs for Europe, not for us. They can reach us already. They're building intercontinental missiles for Europe and for the United States. I find it perplexing that some in Europe are still possessed by the anti-Israeli obsession. Hundreds of thousands are being slaughtered in the Middle East, millions are being displaced, but some in Europe believe the only thing they have to do is to press, boycott and vilify the Middle East's only true democracy. Israel is the only vanguard of liberty in the region, the only country where human rights are respected, where there is a free press and where the values that we share with Europe serve as our map and our compass and our way of life. We are the guardians of civilization here in the heart of the Middle East against this new barbarism. I want to discuss with you how Europe and Israel can cooperate to assure the progress of modernity for all the peoples of the Middle East, for peace with all our neighbors, but also for the sake of our common future; and to see if we can steer Europe into a more productive course rather than the one that seeks to unilaterally press Israel into agreements that will endanger our very existence and therefore your very defense.

2015-09-09 00:00:00

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