Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday dismissed out of hand “moderate comments” made by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif just hours earlier in an interview with “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan on the CBS network, where he said he did not believe Israel and Iran “are headed towards regional war.”
Zarif went on to tell Brennan that Israel is repeatedly violating international law by attacking targets in Syria, and “hoping to be able to do it with impunity because of the US support and trying to find smokescreens to hide behind.”
“I do not believe that the smokescreens work anymore,” Zarif added.
“This is the foreign minister of a country that sends armed UAVs against Israel and missiles at Saudi Arabia,” Netanyahu quipped at a toast with IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot and the General Staff Forum to mark the State of Israel’s 70th Independence Day. “I also heard his moderate remarks and there is a tremendous gap between his words and the actions of the Revolutionary Guards which are moving an army against Israel with the avowed goal of destroying the State of Israel. I am not impressed by words,” the prime minister added.
“I rely on this forum and on the Israel Defense Forces which are prepared for any possibility and any scenario. I raise a glass to the State of Israel and the IDF,” Netanyahu concluded.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Friday, at a special government meeting held Friday, to commemorate Independence Day that Israel’s armed forces are ready to meet any threat coming from Iran and to pay the price of conflict, if necessary.
“We are hearing the threats coming from Iran. The IDF’s soldiers and the security forces are prepared for any development,” Netanyahu said. “We will fight whoever tries to harm us, will not be deterred by the price, and we will make those who wish for our destruction pay. The IDF is prepared for the mission and the people will prevail.
“We stand tall in the face of those who threaten to destroy us. We are confident in our ability to defend ourselves on our own – that is the essence of our control of our own destiny, the essence of independence. We are joined today by veteran warriors from the underground, whose bravery stands as an example to us all,” the prime minister added.
The special meeting was held in Independence Hall in Tel Aviv, the site of the announcement of the establishment of the State of Israel by Israel’s first prime minister David Ben Gurion 70 years ago.
By: Yona Schnitzer