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July 4, 2018 11:45 am

Netanyahu Praises Trump, Calls on Europe to Break Relations With Iran, in July 4 Message

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Celebrating America’s independence at the US Embassy in Jerusalem. Photo: GPO.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid tribute to the historic alliance between Israel and the US at a July 4 reception at the newly-opened American Embassy in Jerusalem.

“We’re grateful for America’s independence,” Netanyahu declared. “We’re grateful for America’s strength. We’re grateful for America’s alliance with Israel.”

Netanyahu also singled out US President Donald Trump for special praise. “You remember that Iran nuclear deal? Remember that?” the Prime Minister asked. “President Trump decided to leave this bad deal and he did the greatest thing for the security of the world and for the security of Israel.”

Commenting on the arrest of an alleged Iranian terror network operating in France by French, Belgian and German authorities, Netanyahu remarked: “This Iranian terror plot was planned on the soil of Europe on the same week that the European leaders are supposed to meet the President of Iran about circumventing the sanctions on Iran.”

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Netanyahu called on European nations to break relations with Iran.

“Here’s my message to the European leaders: Stop funding the very regime that is sponsoring terrorism against you and against so many others,” he said. “Stop appeasing Iran.”

Netanyahu reminded the audience at the reception hosted by US Ambassador David Friedman that he US and Israel shared “common values that are clear.”

“It’s freedom, liberty, democracy. These aren’t hollow slogans,” Netanyahu said. “They are the bedrock of Western civilization. They’re the secret of America’s success and of Israel’s success. They’re the secret of our ingenuity – Israel’s and America – the big leaders of technology in the world.”

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