Israeli response to Hezbollah: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used his speech Wednesday evening at the Conference of Presidents in Jerusalem to send a personal message to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, urging him to stay in his bunker.
Earlier Wednesday, Nasrallah threatened to take over Israel's Galilee region in a future war, and also explicitly threatened to harm senior Israeli figures.
While delivering his English-language speech to American Jewish leaders, Netanyahu switched to Hebrew, saying: "Anyone who's hiding in a bunker should say in the bunker."
"Nobody should doubt Israel's or our ability to defend ourselves," the prime minister added. "We have a powerful army. We want peace with all our neighbors, yet the IDF is prepared to powerfully defend Israel against all our enemies."
During his speech, the prime minister also addressed recent Middle East turmoil and especially events in Egypt, saying that nobody knows what is in store for Cairo. Officials in Washington or Tehran do not know what lies ahead, Netanyahu said, adding that the New York Times doesn't know either, thus taking a jab at commentator Tom Friedman who recently criticized the PM in his column.
Prime Minister Netanyahu stressed that the West is interested in seeing a free, democratic and peace-seeking Egypt that looks forward to the future. However, he warned that Iranian leaders wish to see another kind of Egypt, which tramples on human rights and is dominated by Tehran.
"They don't want an Egypt that looks into the 21st Century, but rather, an Egypt that looks back to the 9th Century," he said.