PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu responds to the speech given in Washington on Wednesday by Secretary of State John Kerry..
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the opening of Sunday's cabinet meeting that the terror attack in Istanbul is another example of the extremist Islamic terrorism that is the “biggest threat to the world.”
He repeated a message he has been articulating for years, that the struggle against terrorism is an “international struggle.”
Netanyahu quoted German Chancellor Angela Merkel who said over the weekend “what we have been saying for years – that the biggest threat to the future of the world is from extremist Islamic terror.”
39 killed in Istanbul nightclub attack
Netanyahu sent his condolences to the families of the victims of the Istanbul attack, and his wishes for a speedy recovery to those injured, including at least one Israeli woman who was hurt in the attack. The fate of another Israeli woman still remains unknown, he said.
Turning to the economy, Netanyahu said that the economic data for 2016, though while not yet complete, indicates a “very good year” for Israel, “better than expected.”
He said that the date shows a 4% rate of growth, as well as a “dramatic decline in the national debt.”