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Ahead of Blinken visit, PM hints at ‘courageous, independent’ steps on Iran

Speaking to Mossad officers this evening at an awards ceremony just hours before US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to arrive in the region for talks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggests Israel may take an “independent” tack on Iran.

“I appreciate our friend the United States very much. It has stood by us for many years,” Netanyahu says. “That’s a vital part of our national security.

“But,” he adds, “there could come a situation where our principal goal — to ensure the ayatollahs don’t end the millennia-long existence of the Jewish people — demands that we make courageous and independent decisions. The State of Israel won’t allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.”

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