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Bibi: Israel Will Not Sit Idly by as Iran Advocates Its Annihilation

PM Netanyahu in Kazakhstan, December 14, 2016 (Photo: Haim Zach/GPO)

During his visit to Kazakhstan this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a message for the Kazakh president to give Iran. Israel Hayom's Shlomo Cesana reports that Netanyahu said, "Israel is a tiger not a rabbit, and when you threaten to destroy us, you place yourself in grave danger":

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Wednesday with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the central Asian republic's capital, Astana...

Nazarbayev reportedly asked Netanyahu if he would like him to relay a message to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, with whom the Kazakh president is scheduled to meet in the coming weeks.

"Ask him why Iran continues to threatened Israel with annihilation. [Ask him:] Don't you know who you're dealing with?" Netanyahu replied.

"Israel is a tiger, not a rabbit, and when you threaten to destroy us, you place yourself in grave danger. Ask him, why do they persist in this? Tell him that if they change their attitude toward Israel, we will change our attitude toward Iran. But they have to understand that we will not sit idly by as long as they advocate our annihilation."

Netanyahu, who met with Nazarbayev to sign an agricultural cooperation treaty and a memorandum of understanding for cooperation on visas, said that Israel plans to lobby to become a member of the U.N. Security Council in 2019, and is asking for Kazakhstan's support...

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