Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asserted that Arab countries view Israel as an “indispensable ally” fighting Iran and that evaluation has caused a revolution in Israeli relations with the Arab world.
He told this to Brazil’s Globo TV during a visit to Rio amid stepped up air strikes on Iranian positions in neighboring Syria after an abrupt decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw US troops from Syria.
Netanyahu has repeatedly warned that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons to destroy his country.
“Unfortunately we have not made any advance with the Palestinians. Half of them are already under the gun of Iran and of radical Islam,” Netanyahu added.
Asked if he could ever contemplate sitting down with an Iranian leader to talk peace, Netanyahu replied: “If Iran remains committed to our destruction the answer is no.” The only way, he said, would be “if Iran undergoes a total transformation.”
Netanyahu was in Brazil to attend Tuesday’s inauguration of the Latin American country’s new, pro-Israel president, Jair Bolsonaro. On the sidelines of the ceremony, Netanyahu was to hold talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is also among the visiting dignitaries. They were expected to discuss the US.