Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Saturday evening, and as the talks began spoke about the threats facing the Jewish state.
“We are now faced with two great challenges. The first comes from the Palestinians. The chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, has compared Israel to ISIS (Islamic State),” reminded Netanyahu.
“This is the same Palestinian Authority (PA) that joins hands with Hamas, incites constantly against Israel, the kind of incitement that has led to an attack that we witnessed just two days ago of a Molotov cocktail thrown at a little girl, and I commend our security forces for apprehending the terrorists,” continued the prime minister.
Speaking about the PA’s unilateral resolution demanding an Israeli withdrawal from Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem by 2015, Netanyahu added “the same Palestinian Authority is going to try to bring to the UN Security Council a resolution that seeks to impose on us conditions that will undermine our security.”
“I want to assure you that we will stand firmly and reject such a dictate. We always have; we always will,” continued Netanyahu. Netanyahu’s coalition government has been imposing a covert freeze on Jewish construction in those regions for many long months, despite no official foreign request to do so.
“The second great challenge comes from Iran,” said Netanyahu. “Iran today conducted an exercise with a suicide drone. I don’t have to convince you Senator that the most important task before us is to prevent this dangerous regime from having nuclear weapons.”
“I believe that what is required are more sanctions, and stronger sanctions. And I welcome your leadership in this effort. I think this is something that is important for the peace of the world. You know, there are moments in history when nations have to stand firm. Israel stands firm on both sides, and on both issues,” concluded Netanyahu