Face of the day

Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is greeted by members of Congress as he arrives to speak during a joint meeting of the United States Congress in the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Today’s face of the day Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu is the face of a country that Europe needs as an ally.

Netanyahu called on NATO to join the Jewish state in its fight to block the tidal wave of Islamic extremism and terrorism.   

Israel has prevented dozens of major terror attacks planned by the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group in Europe, including attacks on civilian airplanes, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu revealed on Tuesday.

[…] Netanyahu said that Israel has, through its intelligence services, provided information that “has stopped several dozen major terrorist attacks, many of them in European countries. Some of these could have been mass attacks of the worst kind that you have experienced on the soil of Europe and even worse, because they would have involved civil aviation.”

Israel has prevented them, and thereby helped save many European lives,” Netanyahu underscored.

Netanyahu added that Europe and NATO are also benefiting from Israel’s efforts to prevent the establishment of what he called “ISIS West” in the Sinai Peninsula.

“As ISIS is … being destroyed in Iraq and Syria, it is trying to establish an alternate territorial base in the Sinai. Israel is contributing to preventing that in myriad ways, and in general I would say that Israel is the most powerful indigenous force in the Middle East that fights radical Islam.”

Yes, they are and New Zealand needs to court Israel as an ally not treat them with disrespect as both Bill English and Jacinda Ardern’s governments have done.

Sunni radicalism, however, is not the only Islamic threat facing Europe, Netanyahu cautioned. Shi’ite Iran, he said, seeks worldwide domination for its brand of Islamic militancy through the acquisition of nuclear weapons and by establishing a “territorial empire from Tehran to Tartus in the Mediterranean, enveloping the Middle East also from the south through Yemen, eventually conquering the Middle East.”

“We are absolutely committed to preventing Iran from forming such a base, a military base in Syria, and we back our words with action,” Netanyahu told the ambassadors before warning them that if Iran were to achieve its goals that would also threaten Europe as it would lead to a new wave of refugees flooding the continent.

“If Iran realizes its goal of bringing in 100,000 Shi’ite fighters into Iran… you’ll have the son of ISIS and the grandson of al-Qaeda that will be fighting this new Shi’ite force. Where will the spillover happen? In Europe. Where will the human flow go? To Europe,” Netanyahu said. “Who’s preventing that right now? Israel. Right now, Israel alone,” he added.

Netanyahu’s message to NATO is” “radical Islam, either Shiite or Sunni, threatens all of us. Israel is fighting both. Israel seeks your cooperation.”

“You have a statement and a slogan in NATO which I think is particularly apt: ‘An attack on one is an attack on all.’ An attack by radical Islam from whichever direction on any of our democracies is an attack on all our democracies. This is not merely a statement of abstract principle, this is simple truth. So I submit to you that what we should do is increase our cooperation for our common interests, our common security and for the quest for peace,” Netanyahu concluded.



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