Dec. 4, 2017
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum in Washington on Sunday:
Recently, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia referred to Iran’s Supreme Leader as the new Hitler of the Middle East. Both regimes do have two important things in common: one, a ruthless commitment to impose tyranny and terror, and second, a ruthless commitment to murder Jews.
Many of you have heard Iran’s silver-tongued foreign minister charmingly explain that Iran is a moderate power which harbors no hatred toward anyone. Right. Mr. Zarif: Tell that to the journalists tortured in Evin prison. Tell that to students shot in the streets. Tell that to hundreds of thousands of dead Syrians killed by Iran’s proxies. Tell that to Bahais and Christians denied any semblance of human rights.
Tell that to Jews in Argentina who were blown up in a community center by the Iranian regime. Tell that to Americans whose flag is stomped on and whose country is called the Great Satan in the heart of Tehran. Tell that to Israeli mothers and fathers whose children are routinely condemned to annihilation by Iran’s fanatic leaders.
I speak so often about Iran because I read history. When tyrants call for the destruction of my people, I believe them. I don’t have the luxury of discounting their genocidal threats. So let me reiterate Israel’s policy. We will not allow a regime hell-bent on the annihilation of the Jewish state to acquire nuclear weapons. We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria, as it seeks to do, for the express purpose of eradicating our state.
One day the Iranian regime will fall. Iranian mothers and fathers will rejoice in the street. Israel will be first in line to restore relations and rebuild our great partnership.
See also Video: Netanyahu at the Saban Forum (Prime Minister’s Office)