This weekend, the Jewish people will celebrate Purim, the joyous biblical holiday remembering Queen Esther's victory over wicked Haman. And, The Jerusalem Post's Herb Keinon reports, while PM Netanyahu was in Moscow this week to meet with Vladimir Putin, he said that like it did in ancient Persia, Iran still longs to destroy Israel and the Jewish people:
“I thank you for your good wishes on Purim,” the prime minister said. “Some 2,500 years ago in ancient Persia, there was an attempt to wipe out the Jews, which did not succeed, and which we commemorate with this holiday.”
Today, Netanyahu said, Iran – the heir of the Persians – has similar designs: to wipe out the state of the Jews. “They say this clearly, and it is etched on their ballistic missiles,” he said.
The prime minister continued: “I want to say clearly that Israel is today a state with an army, and we are able to defend ourselves.
"Extreme Shia Islamic terrorism does not only threaten Israel, but rather the region and the world. I know that we are partners in the desire to prevent any victory for Islamic terrorism, from any direction...”