Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)’s annual Conference Tuesday that “we must stop Iran and we will stop Iran,” while urging Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas to stop paying terrorists and to embrace peace.
After delivering a presentation about Israel’s technological value on the world stage and outlining his optimistic vision for his country’s ability to further “change the world,” the Israeli premier turned his attention to “the bad news.”
“The bad news is that bad things are getting worse. We have to deal with this challenge and I’m thinking specifically what do we do about Iran—he force behind so much of what is bad is this radical tyranny in Tehran,” he told his audience.
The prime minister further reiterated that Iran remains bent on building permanent military bases in Syria via a corridor through which it can move its army and its navy to the war-torn country and threaten Israel’s northern frontier.
The Islamic Republic, he said, is responsible for “darkness descending” on the Middle East by building an anti-Israel empire.
“It’s also seeking to develop, to build precision guided missile factories in Syria and Lebanon against Israel. I will not let that happen. We will not let that happen. We must stop Iran. We will stop Iran,” he repeated as the crowd extended one of many rounds of applause. “We will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons. No now, not in ten years, not ever.”
Netanyahu then said that he “saluted” President Trump on his tough stance toward the Iranian regime and pledged Israel’s unwavering support in the event that the US announces its withdrawal from the agreement signed by the Obama administration.
“Israel will be right there by America’s side, and let me tell you, so will other countries in the region,” he told the jubilant sea of Israel supporters.
The prime minister emphasized that Israel’s quarrel is not with the Iranian people, but only with its tyrannical regime.
“We stand with those in Iran who stand for freedom. I believe that a day will come when this horrible tyranny will disappear,” he predicted, adding that this would usher in a reestablished era of historical friendship between the Jews and the Persian people.
Addressing the peace initiative currently being formulated by the Trump administration, and praising the American team in their efforts to bring about a permanent solution to the intractable Israel-Palestinian conflict, Netanyahu called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to cease to abet terror by paying murderers of Jews.
“Israel remains committed to achieving peace with all our neighbors including the Palestinians … I have made it clear that I am committed to peace. But to get peace, President Abbas has to embrace peace and to stop supporting terror,” he said.
“Raise your hands high if you agree with me that President Abbas should stop paying terrorists who murder Jews,” he instructed the audience.
“I have a message for President Abbas: Stop paying terrorists!” because the message sent is kill Jews and get rich,” he continued. “Build life, don’t pay death. Invest in life.”
“Israel is literally driving the world,” he added, highlighting the country’s booming industry in autonomous vehicles. “We’re punching 200 times above our weight. That’s one heck of a punch.”
With Israeli technology incorporated into practically every commonly used electrical gadget and appliance, Netanyahu said that anti-Israel organizations such as the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement was positioning itself on the wrong side and would eventually pay the price.
“Remember when people spoke about Israel’s isolation? Pretty soon, the countries that don’t have relations with Israel will be isolated. The countries who talk about boycotting Israel—we’ll boycott them.”
PM Netanyahu met with President Trump at the White House Monday, and was told by the president that he may come to Israel for the opening of the new American Embassy.