President Reuven Rivlin continues his state visit to Romania, where he addresses a joint session of the European country’s parliament.
“Like all democracies, the State of Israel is open to criticism. But we will not accept attempts to weaken us or undermine our right to exist through misuse of violence or international law,” Rivlin is quoted saying in a statement from his office.
He adds: “The Jewish people and the Israeli people in all its diversity have no conflict with Islam or the Arab peoples of the Middle East. We are fighting dark forces that aim to terrorize and destroy the State of Israel and its people. Iran’s regime of terror and those who collaborate with it in Lebanon and Gaza seek to undermine our right to exist. Israel has the right and the duty to protect its citizens – from the threat of nuclear weapons, from missiles and from terrorism.”
Rivlin, whose 7-year term as president ends next month, also calls for “steps on the ground to increase confidence between the two people, confidence that the other side wishes to live in peace, partnership and good relations, side by side.”