In a major foreign policy address, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu warned against cooperation with Shiite Iran in the fight against the Islamic State.
While praising the U.S. for leading an international coalition
against extremist terror groups, Netanyahu reminded the world of Iran
and its efforts to acquire nuclear weapons, saying this would cause the
"I think it's crucial not to let the fight against Sunni extremism
make us forget the danger of Shiite extremism. They are two sides of the
same coin. We don't have to strengthen one to weaken the other. My
policy is: Weaken both and most importantly, don't allow any of them to
get weapons of mass destruction," Netanyahu said, according to a report
in Israel Hayom.
Israel's Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz, reiterating
Israel's worry the U.S. focus on ISIS will distract it from more serious
threats, was quoted as saying the Islamic State "is a five-year
problem. A nuclear Iran is a 50-year problem ... with far greater
Speaking Sept. 11 at an international anti-terrorism conference
hosted by the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Netanyahu also said
Israel is "playing our part" in U.S. President Obama's offensive against
Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, including action which he
said may not be made public.