Netanyahu, in Moscow, warns that Iran terrorism must not replace ISIS

by WorldTribune Staff, March 9, 2017

Shi’ite terrorism led by Iran must not be allowed to replace the Sunni terrorism of Al Qaida and Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed to Russian President Valdimir Putin.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Russian President Valdimir Putin in Moscow on March 9. /AP

At their meeting in Moscow on March 9, Putin wished Netnayahu a happy Purim.

The prime minister responded by saying that in ancient Persia there was an attempt to destroy the Jewish people, but it failed, and that is why the holiday is celebrated to this day, Haaretz reported.

“Today there is an attempt and the continuation of Persia, Iran, to destroy the Jewish state. They say it in the clearest terms possible, they engrave it into their ballistic missiles,” Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu said that because Iran is the main threat facing Israel, “shared interests are emerging” between the Jewish state and many countries in the region, which could in turn help advance the peace process with the Palestinians.

“The force we have to contend with is mainly this: Iran and its offshoots, more and more Hamas, supplying arms, development of weaponry and general aggression in the region and beyond,” he said.