‘’The rampage at the Capitol yesterday was a disgraceful act that must be vigorously condemned,’’ said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he was speaking alongside US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who was visiting Israel after a trip to Khartoum in which Sudan joined the Abraham Accords and pledged to normalize ties with Israel.
“For generations American democracy has inspired millions around the world and in Israel.American democracy has always inspired me,’’ he added.
‘’Lawlessness and violence are the opposite of the values we know Americans and Israelis cherish. I have no doubt that American democracy will prevail – it always has,” Netanyahu said.
During the press conference with Mnuchin, the Israeli Prime Minister also thanked ‘’President Trump and all of you in the administration for all you have done and are doing for peace.’’
‘’You’ve made a real difference, achieving one breakthrough after another, bringing the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan into the circle of peace. I have no doubt that more Arab and Muslim countries will follow,’’ he said.
He also mentioned Iran. ‘’I also want to commend the maximum pressure campaign on Iran. Under your leadership, the US Treasury has played a crucial role in applying and enforcing sanctions on the Iranian regime,’’ he said.
‘’I want to thank you for your own personal involvement in this tremendously important campaign. It must be continued to prevent Iran from continuing its campaign of aggression and terror throughout the region and to prevent Iran from rushing to a nuclear arsenal.’’
‘’If we just go back to the JCPOA, what will happen and may already be happening is that many other countries in the Middle East will rush to arm themselves with nuclear weapons. That is a nightmare and that is folly. It should not happen,’’ Netanyahu stressed, in a reference to the nuclear deal with Iran.