Don't underestimate Iran threat – Netanyahu
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Netanyahu: Egypt could follow Iran

Bibi says Egypt may turn into new Iran, radicalize in wake of political upheaval; PM tells European parliamentarians they too are threatened by Tehran's missiles, says West has trouble recognizing fanaticism hiding behind suit and tie

Egypt may follow in Iran's footsteps, oppress its own people and threaten neighboring countries, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday at the European Friends of Israel conference held at the Knesset.


The PM said that various potential scenarios exist in Egypt at this time, beyond the liberal democratic models – including secular reforms, an Islamist takeover, or Egypt following the Iran example.


Netanyahu added that the "earthquake in Tunisia" was followed by one in Egypt, noting that at this time the extent of the aftershocks is unclear.


"I don't know what will happen in Egypt, but our interest is clear," he said, making note of the peace treaty with Cairo, which he said "brought quiet to the south and stability to the region."


'Don't underestimate Iran threat'

 The prime minister also warned European parliamentarians on hand about the danger inherent in Iran's attempts to acquire a nuclear bomb. He said that the events in Egypt were minor compared to a "greater earthquake that may shock the region and the entire world" in case Iran develops nukes. Netanyahu noted that Iran is already sending its tentacles worldwide, saying: "This is what they're doing without nuclear weapons. Imagine what they'll do with them."


On the same topic, the PM stressed that Europe too was in Iran's sights. "Today already Iran possesses missiles that can reach Israel. Why do they continue to boost the range of their missiles, you ask? In order to reach you."


Netanyahu urged the visitors not to underestimate the Iranian threat, adding that the West at times finds it difficult to recognize fanaticism when it hides behind a suit and tie.



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