'Sunnis, Shi'ites fight each other, but they agree Israel has no place in Mideast,' Netanyahu says

Premier spoke at a toast honoring the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Mossad spy agency.

September 24, 2015 15:15
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Netanyahu walks to the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said that Israel was facing two primary enemies - "extremist Shi'ite Islam led by Iran and its satellites, and the Sunni version which is currently led by Islamic State."

Speaking at a toast honoring the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Mossad spy agency, the prime minister said that "while Israel cannot solve all of the main problems in the Middle East, they are revealing themselves in full force."

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Although Sunnis and Shi'ites are in conflict with one another, "there is one thing that they agree on, and that is that we don't have a place in this Muslim realm, as they see it," the premier said.

"Alliances change," Netanyahu said. "They rise and fall and rise again, and they send their troops in every which way - and we are amidst all of this."

"There's one certainty - nobody makes alliances with the weak," the prime minister said. "Our real defense during the state's existence and the 65 years of the Mossad's existence is the might of the State of Israel. It is this might that we are nurturing."

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