Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a conciliatory message to the world Thursday night, saying his new government would examine all the ways of leveraging the shifting alliances in the Middle East to possibly move the peace process forward.
Netanyahu, speaking at a ceremony at the Armored Corps Memorial in Latrun marking 70 years since the Allied victory over the Nazis, said that there are many security, diplomatic, and economic challenges facing the new government that he is to present next week.
“The biggest challenge is Iran’s attempts to arm itself with nuclear weapons, and in parallel to open fronts of terrorism and occupation throughout the Middle East around our borders,” he said.
Netanyahu asserted that Israel can meet those challenges, and that Israel knows that it is not the only country in the region threatened by Iran.
Benjamin Netanyahu: New alliances forming in Mideast that may make peace progress possible – Middle East – Jerusalem Post
“This creates joint interests and also perhaps creates opportunities to develop alliances and possibly move peace forward,” he said.
“We will examine all these options, as well as the other challenges we are obligated to face.”
The ceremony took place at a museum under development honoring Jewish war veterans located at the memorial.
Some 1.5 million Jews fought in Allied armies and in the Resistance against the Nazis in World War II, and some 250,000 Jewish soldiers were killed. Hundreds of veterans took part in the ceremony.
Netanyahu pointed out that the commander of the Soviet battalion that liberated Auschwitz was a Jew – Anatoly Shapiro.
“The first sentence he said to the prisoners was ‘The Red Army has come to free you,” Netanyahu said.
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