By: Arye Green
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday evening that Iran is seeking to develop a significant store of precision-guided weapons and have already begun placing such weapons in Yemen, where they threaten to strike Israel.
Netanyahu made the statement at a press conference ahead of his meeting with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem. Netanyahu welcomed Mnuchin to his office, and said he can’t count many visits Mnuchin has made to Israel since he took office. “Our relationship and our alliance has never been stronger,” he told Mnuchin.
Netanyahu congratulated President Trump for the operation against ISIS leader al-Baghdadi. However, he warned that the battle against terrorism is ongoing, and that Iran has malicious plans across the entire Middle East.
“Iran is seeking to develop precision guided missiles that can reach any target in the Middle East with accuracy of 5-10 meters. They are developing them in Iran and they plan to deploy them in Iraq and Syria. They will convert Lebanon’s arsenal of 130,000 rockets to precision guided missiles,” Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu thanked Mnuchin and Trump for their efforts to curb Iran’s terror schemes, primarily through military assistance to Israel and the strengthening of financial sanctions against Iran.
“Iran is the single greatest threat to stability and peace in the Middle East,” Netanyahu warned, citing the Iranian attack on Saudi oil fields and British oil tankers at sea.
“They fired into Saudi Arabia. They’ve interfered with international shipping lanes. They’ve attacked Americans and they’ve killed Americans throughout the last ten years in Afghanistan and elsewhere,” he added.
Netanyahu also met with Trump’s senior adviser, Jared Kushner, as well as US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and Deputy Assistant to the US President Avi Berkowitz. Israel’s National Security Council Director Meir Ben-Shabbat and Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer also attended the meeting. (TPS)