Netanyahu to Washington Think Tank: US-Israel Alliance Pivotal for Future of the World (VIDEO)
The US-Israel alliance is “pivotal for the future of world,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience at the Washington, DC think tank American Enterprise Institute on Monday.
Netanyahu said it was not only common ideals that bonded the two nations, but “it’s also the role, the active role of the United States in defending liberty around the world and standing by its allies — in this case, the best possible ally of the United States, Israel.”
“I think it’s made a world of difference,” he said. “I’d bet on this alliance. I wouldn’t sell the United States short. I wouldn’t sell Israel short. And I would not at all diminish the importance of this alliance and I think it’s pivotal for the future of our world.”
At the same time, the Israeli premier described Israel’s outreach to Asian countries like India, China and Japan, especially in the realm of innovation and tech.
“Israel is a speed chess innovator,” he said. “In the century of conceptual products and knowledge, the ones who will prosper are those who can innovate faster.”
Netanyahu also gave insight into Israeli policy regarding the recent international talks on Syria, which for the first time included Iran. He said that during his meeting that morning at the White House, he told President Barack Obama that Israel would not feel obliged to any “arrangements [that] are made in Syria that do not preclude Iran from continuing its aggression against us directly or by transferring weapons to Hezbollah.”
The Israeli prime minister, who has been in power since the early stages of the Syrian civil war in 2011, said he questioned whether Syria could be reconstituted within its pre-war borders. “I’m not sure Humpty Dumpty can be put back together,” Netanyahu said.
He also said he laid out Israel’s red lines in Syria to Russian President Vladimir Putin in September, as Russia stepped up its air campaign to protect the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“We will not allow Iran to set up a second front in the Golan, and we will act forcefully — and have acted forcefully — to prevent that. We will not allow the use of Syrian territory from which we’d be attacked by the Syrian army or anyone else and we have acted forcefully against that. And third, we will not allow the use of Syrian territory for the transfer of game-changing weapons into Lebanon into Hezbollah’s hands, and we have acted forcefully on that. I made it clear that we will continue to act like that,” he said.
Netanyahu received the 2015 Irving Kristol Award from the AEI, and delivered his remarks at the think tank’s annual dinner.
See a video of his address here: