Dr Mike Evans

Netanyahu, Blinken meet in Jerusalem as Iranian threat looms

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu greeted the secretary of state with remarks as he welcomed him to Israel.

“Secretary of State Blinken, Tony, welcome once again to Jerusalem. Your visit is another expression, a continual expression, of the unbreakable bond between Israel and the United States. It’s one of the great alliances of modern history,” the prime minister said.

“We share common interests which are growing by the day. We share common values. Two strong democracies which will remain, I assure you, two strong democracies. This alliance is something that President Biden is committed to. I’ve known him for 40 years. He’s a true friend of Israel. A true champion of this alliance, as are you,” he added.

Netanyahu also emphasized the important relationship between Israel and the U.S. as both nations face the growing threat of Iran and its nuclear ambitions.

“I am not sure that all of Israel know your own contribution in helping us with missile defense in times of peril. You’ve actually helped us during one crisis in record time and then did so again. And you’ve also just helped us push back on the attempts to delegitimize Israel at the United Nations and we’re grateful for that and for your continual friendship,” the prime minister stated.

“Your visit comes at an important time. It’s a time where many in the international community, I would say most of the international community, have seen the true face of Iran. They’ve seen the barbarism of this regime against its own people. They’ve seen how it exports aggression beyond its border and beyond the Middle East. And I think there’s a common consensus that this regime must not acquire nuclear weapons. We’ve had very good discussions on forging a common policy, on trying to work together to thwart the danger,” he added.

Netanyahu repeated his vow to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

“I can repeat again something that you’ve heard me say many times, our policy and my policy is to do everything within Israel’s power to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them and that will remain so. But obviously the fact that we and the United States are working together is something that is important for this common goal as well,” he said.

In addition to the emphasis on Iran, Netanyahu mentioned the Abraham Accords and other initiatives of importance between the two nations.