Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahi has said that Iran is just as dangerous to the world as al-Qaeda and ISIS.
During a four-day visit to Australia, Netanyahu said a nuclear Iran would threaten Australia as well as the Middle East.
He called for greater military cooperation between Israel and Australia in order to hamper what he called Iran’s threat.
“When I look at Syria and Iraq, I think that the danger of ISIS has been greatly reduced,” the Israeli prime minister said, “but the possibility now looms that the militant Sunnis of ISIS and al-Qa’ida may be replaced by the militant Shi’ites of Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah.”
Netanyahu’s incendiary remarks comes days after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran would never seek to build a nuclear weapon.
Without specifically naming Israel, Zarif said during the Munich Security Conference that there were some non-members of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) who were spreading anti-Iran accusations.
“They have the audacity to talk about the Iranian nuclear threat when they are the destabilizing force in the region,” Zarif said.
The Iranian foreign minister also responded to US President Donald Trump’s threats against the Islamic Republic, saying, “We do not respond well to threats.”