Netanyahu: Israel will help NATO states with ‘collective struggle’ against terror



Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Cherie Cullen.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Three weeks ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Warsaw, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Jerusalem on Tuesday with a group of ambassadors from NATO member states and called for a “collective struggle” against terrorism.

Before the start of Tuesday’s meeting, Netanyahu told the ambassadors, “I look forward to this opportunity to discuss our common interests, based on our common values. I want to thank NATO for inviting Israel to open an office in your headquarters in Brussels. I called Secretary General [Jens] Stoltenberg immediately to express my appreciation and I want to inform you that we’re in the process of opening the office as soon as possible. We attach great importance to that. Israel has much to contribute to NATO. I believe NATO has much to contribute to Israel. We’ve already begun that process, but I think we can extend and increase our cooperation.”

Referring to the threat posed by terrorism throughout the world, Netanyahu said, “Paris, Brussels, London, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bali, Mumbai, New York, San Bernardino, and now Orlando, and so many other cities, have been struck by the same evil. Terror knows no bounds, and that is why our cooperation in the battle against terrorism must know no bounds as well.”

“One day ISIS kills gays, the next day Yazidis, and then Jews and Muslims and Christians,” said the prime minister. “They have no bounds. Terror, the indiscriminate, systematic attack on innocent people, must always be confronted and must always be fought, and that doesn’t change. In any case, it doesn’t depend on the identity of the victims. It depends on the nature of the act. The act is evil and is perpetrated by people with evil designs, and we, the people of the civilized world, have to band together to defeat it. We stand ready to help NATO in this collective struggle. We are prepared to share our intelligence and our experience to help in this common effort.”

Posted on June 15, 2016 .