Netanyahu Responds to Ahmadinejad

Published: October 14th 2010
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech to Hezbollah supporters in Lebanon on Thursday.


Ahmadinejad told throngs of people waving Iranian flags that Israel would disappear while Lebanon will flourish. “The Zionists will not last long,” he said.


Netanyahu told an audience at the Independence Museum in Tel Aviv shortly after Ahmadinejad’s address that “the best response to scorners was given in this auditorium 62 years ago.”


"And since then, look at what a nation, what a state, what an army we have. We will continue to build and to create, and we will know how to protect ourselves as best we can."


He said that “we’ve heard cursing and abomination from the Lebanon border today… We shall continue building and creating our country and will be prepared to defend it."


He was asked if Israel had thought about assassinating the Iranian president during his Lebanon trip. He did not give a direct response, saying, "We consider with reason what needs to be done to protect the state."


According to Ynet, IDF sources said that the alert level is not changing due to Ahmadinejad’s trip. 


Residents of northern Israel were not overly concerned by the visit. An official from Moshav Avivim told Ynet that residents in the area can clearly see a boardwalk built with Iranian funds from their houses. The structure could potentially be used by Hezbollah as an outpost during a future clash.

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