Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu returned to Israel on Tuesday afternoon from a five day trip to the United States and Canada, which he described as "very important."
Netanyahu said that he was returning on the eve of Purim, "when the Jews were not masters of their fate and were unable to defend themselves."
"We're now in another era where we are strong and sovereign", he said, adding that though this threat has not disappeared, what has changed is Israel's ability to defend ourselves.
He also said that Israel has many friends in the world who will stand by its side in a time of need.
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