“We signed a peace agreement with Egypt and Jordan, and we are trying to reach an accord with the Palestinians.” However, he said, “We are in the middle of a regional earthquake the likes of which has not been seen since the establishment of Israel: missiles, and cyber, and weapons of mass destruction.”
Regarding the agreements between the US and Russia regarding Syria’s chemical arsenal, Netanyahu stated:“We hope that the understandings between Russia and Syria bear fruit, and that indeed, they stand the test of the result: the complete destruction of all of the stores of the chemical weapons that the Syrian regime has used against its citizens.”
“The test of the result also applies to the diplomatic efforts by the international community to stop Iran’s nuclear arming,” he added. “Here, too – words will not be what determines things, but deeds and results. Israel has to be ready to defend itself, by itself, against every threat, and this preparedness is more important now than it has ever been,” Netanyahu said.
In short, Netanyahu was emulating President Teddy Roosevelt: “Speak softly, but carry a big stick.”