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February 17, 2017 4:14 pm

Netanyahu After Trump Meeting: President Understands the Common Threat Posed by ‘Roaring Tiger’ Iran

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Sean Hannity of Fox News, Feb. 16, 2017. Photo: Screenshot.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Sean Hannity of Fox News, Feb. 16, 2017. Photo: Screenshot.

The United States and Israel have a “grand mission” to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, the Jewish state’s leader told Fox News on Thursday.

In an interview with Sean Hannity, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — fresh off his White House meeting with US President Donald Trump — said, “Since the signing of the [nuclear] deal, Iran has become more aggressive, more deadly, sponsoring more terrorism and, in fact, also…with more money, a lot more money. And people are saying, wait a minute, this roaring tiger, if it’s not stopped, will devour all of us. We’re all prey to this militant Islamic regime that will arm itself with nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that could reach you. They’ve killed Americans all over the place. They sponsor terrorism against Americans all over the place. Now they’re going to build ICBMs…that can reach the United States and have the multiple warheads to do that. That’s horrible. It’s dangerous for America, dangerous for Israel, dangerous for the Arabs.”

“Everybody now understands it,” Netanyahu continued. “And there’s an American president who understands it and we’re talking about what to do about this common threat.”

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The prime minister called his White House visit this week “historical” and described his encounter with Trump as “a meeting of the minds and a meeting of the hearts.”

Asked by MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren on Thursday about Trump’s non-committal stance on a two-state solution to the conflict with the Palestinians, Netanyahu replied, “I’ve always said that the labels are not important; it’s the substance that’s important.”

“Peace requires, A, that the Palestinians finally accept the Jewish state and give up their ideas and their fantasies of destroying it and, secondly, that Israel retain the right to the security control of the area west of the Jordan River,” the prime minister noted. “Otherwise we’ll just get in the Palestinian areas another Islamist dictatorship that will explode peace and explode the Middle East.”

Watch the full Netanyahu interview with Hannity below:

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