Netanyahu Says Israel Protects Europe

Netanyahu Says Israel Protects Europe

Monday, 27 August, 2018 - 05:15
The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu speaks as he visits the Choral Synagogue in Vilnius on August 26, 2018. (Photo by Petras Malukas / AFP)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, during the final day of his four-day visit to Lithuania, that intelligence services are saving European lives, and “it is time that Europe understood this.”

During an event with the local Jewish community at the historic Choral Synagogue in Vilnius, attended by Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius. This is the sole synagogue still standing and in use in a city that before the Holocaust had some 100 synagogues.

Turning to the foreign minister, Netanyahu said, “I want to thank you, Linas, for standing up for Israel and the truth in European forums, for telling your colleagues the service that Israel performs in saving so many European lives by our resourceful and brave intelligence people. We have saved so many European lives in so many countries. Israel in many ways is the defender of Europe and it’s time that Europe understood this.”

"After 75 years...What has changed is our ability to defend ourselves by ourselves,” Netanyahu boasted.

"I’m a Litvak from both sides,” he said, using a word denoting Jews from Lithuania. “I return to Vilna as the head of a proud, strong, advanced Jewish state.”

Netanyahu said while there still exist those who want to destroy the Jewish state – such as Hamas and Iran – "We are no longer defenseless. We are no longer helpless. We are a power that controls our own destiny...”

Netanyahu traveled to Vilnius on Thursday to take part in a summit with the leaders of three Baltic countries – Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia – as part of his policy of developing sub-alliances inside Europe to counter what he feels is unfair treatment Israel gets from the EU bureaucracy based in Brussels.

Earlier, Netanyahu met with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite who reiterated the EU position that Israeli settlements in the West Bank violated international law.

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