JERUSALEM — Israel has through its intelligence services provided information that has stopped several dozen major terrorist attacks, many of them in European countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared at a lunch in Jerusalem with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), member state ambassadors to Israel.
He added: ‘’Some of these could have been mass attacks, of the worst kind that you have experienced on the soil of Europe and even worse, because they involve civil aviation. Israel has prevented that, and thereby helped save many European lives.’’
He said Israel is also giving assistance to Europe and NATO ‘’by preventing the establishment of what I call ISIS West in the Sinai.’’ ‘’There is, as ISIS is contracting and is being destroyed in Iraq and Syria, it is trying to establish an alternative territorial base in the Sinai. Israel is contributing to preventing that in myriad ways.’’
‘’Israel is the most powerful indigenous force in the Middle East that fights radical Islam,’’ he stressed.
Speaking about the Iranian threat, he said Iran is seeking ‘’worldwided domination under their brand of Islamic militancy. ‘’
’Iran is dangerous because this radical ideology seeks to acquire nuclear weapons. The first task is to prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons,’’ he said.
‘’The second reason they are so dangerous is because they’re trying to establish an empire, a territorial empire from Tehran to Tartus in the Mediterranean, enveloping the Middle East also from the south through Yemen, eventually conquering the Middle East.’’
Israel, he said, does not only seek to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, it is also “absolutely committed to preventing Iran from establishing a military base in Syria.
‘’We back our words with action,” he added, likely hinting at various airstrikes on weapon convoys and factories allegedly carried out by Israel.
‘’Furthermore, Iran plans to import 100,000 Shiite fighters to Syria as part of its quest to dominate and eventually “conquer” the Middle East, he charged.
Israel and NATO have upgraded their relations significantly with the opening in December 2016 of an Israeli office at the Atlantic Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels.