Netanyahu: We are teaching other countries how to fight terror
The Prime Minister called a press conference following the terror attacks in Brussels, saying, "If there's one people in the world who know what they're going through, it's the citizens of Israel." He claimed that his government was working hard to stop terror, stating that "we've managed to prevent many of the hard-hitting attacks we see in other places."
Netanyahu told the media that he had spoken to Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, expressing his condolences. "If there's one people in the world who know what they're going through, it's the citizens of Israel, who have been standing bravely and courageously against terror attacks for many years," Netanyahu said, "I offered them Israel's full assistance in the fight against terror – intelligence and security assistance."
The PM further said that ". It's a war of cultural people vs. people of darkness. Terror strikes everywhere. It strikes in Paris, where 129 people were murdered in one evening, in Ankara, and Brussels where dozens were murdered It strikes in Istanbul, where three Israelis were murdered as well. It strikes the Ivory Coast, California, Jerusalem, and in villages and cities in the land of Israel."
Netanyahu mentioned the Palestinians, saying, "I've said many times already that terrorism does not emerge out of the occupation, or out of despair, but out of hope. The hope of ISIS terrorists that they will establish an Islamic caliphate over the entirety of Europe. The hope of Palestinian terrorists, that they will manage to establish a Palestinian state over the entirety of Israel. We must work together and take that hope away from them."
"That is the most important start to the war on terror. That's why I said to my conversation partners: We must condemn terrorism everywhere and fight it everywhere. Have no doubt, we will beat terrorism. If the nations of the world join hands, we will beat it much faster.
When asked why his government has failed in stopping the current wave of terrorism in Israel, which has cost 34 their lives so far, Netanyahu answered, "We don't blur anything up. This struggle is stirring the entire world and striking at all cities on an enormous scale, and we are working to oppose it."
"I understand the Israeli citizens' concern, it's a difficult time and I appreciate the backing of the Israeli people and their courage. We are working against terror in ways that are sometimes unprecedented, and due to the actions we've taken we've managed to prevent many of the hard-hitting attacks we see in other places."
"We enter neighborhoods, villages, make arrests, demolish terrorists' homes, take away work permits, shut down inciting media channels. Now (we're) closing the borders. We've closed the main borders and are completing work on the fence to prevent access to Israel's cities."
"(We) are working against illegal aliens and their employers, giving the IDF (our) full backing. There are things I don't specify here. Not for nothing, many countries in the world are coming to us in order to learn from our experience in the fight against terror, and I can say that the number grows every day.
Netanyahu was asked if the Istanbul bombing will quicken Israel's reconciliation with Turkey. He answered, saying, "We have always wanted proper relations with Turkey, and did not work to change directions. There are talks, and they're taking place. There will be another meeting soon. I hope it brings positive results (for the sake of) rehabilitation (of relations)."