Netanyahu at Davos forum: Israel, Arabs can work together against Iranian threat

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Cherie Cullen via Wikimedia Commons.

( Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that he believes Israeli and Arab leaders can work together against common threats like Iran’s nuclear program or Islamic extremism. 

“Central Arab governments are preoccupied with the Iranian nuclear weapons and the Muslim brotherhood,” Netanyahu said. “The nations do not see Israel as an enemy but as a potential ally to combat these threats. They are not assured by the soft words spoken earlier by the president of Iran. They get it. We all wish there was a real change in Iran.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is also attending the Davos forum, spoke earlier in the day, telling world leaders that his country has never sought nuclear weapons. But Netanyahu said Rouhani’s speech had “no connection to what’s going on, on the ground.”

Netanyahu added that the removal of the Iranian nuclear threat would help bring about peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

“Half of Palestinian society is dominated by Iran’s proxy (Hamas),” he said. 

Posted on January 23, 2014 .