It is no secret that Iran is working directly and through its terrorist proxies to set up shop on Israel’s borders, with the ultimate intent of destroying the Jewish state. Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Munich Security Conference, where he focused on the Iranian threat.
During his 15-minute speech, he referred to Iran as the “greatest threat to the world,” and cited Iranian effort and deception in barreling forward in development of its nuclear capabilities. Zeroing in on Iranian proxies such as the Shiite militia in Iraq, Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthis in Yemen, Netanyahu illustrated how Iran is devouring “huge swathes of the Middle East.”
In Netanyahu’s strongest statement, he held up a piece of the Iranian drone shot down recently and directly addressed Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (who would later address the same security conference):
“Iran denies that it committed an act of aggression against Israel last week. That it sent a drone into our airspace to threaten our people. Well, here’s a piece of that Iranian drone, or what’s left of it after we shot it down. I brought it here so you can see it for yourself. Mr Zarif, do you recognize this? You should- its yours. …You can take back with you a message to the tyrants of Tehran: Do not test Israel’s resolve.”
The Prime Minister went on to make clear that Israel has no qualms with the Iranian people, but only with “the regime who torments them.”
Zarif’s called Netanyahu’s comments “cartoonish.”
Here is Netanyahu’s entire speech (first 15 minutes), followed by a Q&A session: