Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday commented on the 14th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, saying in a statement that the world must remain committed to fighting “militant Islam”.
"The Government and people of Israel stand with the United States of America in marking 14 years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11,” Netanyahu said.
“As we remember those who perished, we remain committed to fighting the forces of militant Islam that have caused so much death and destruction both before and since that terrible day. Our commitment is matched only by our conviction that we will prevail," he added.
2,996 people were killed on September 11, 2001, when two passenger planes crashed into the New York World Trade Center towers, one crashed into the Pentagon, and one crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers heroically battled the hijackers.
Speaking to Arutz Sheva at a special memorial ceremony marking 9/11 on Thursday, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro related to the present agreement between the West and Iran, saying he believed the agreement “will actually help us pursue the lesson of 9/11. The agreement with Iran will prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon."
"That's the most dangerous threat, and once we remove that threat from the table, that allows us to fight even harder, and to counter other Iranian threats – the support for terrorist organizations, the provision of weapons to Hezbollah […] the threats against Israel," he continued, adding that the deal provides a "safer environment" to achieve those goals.
Despite tensions between the United States and Israel following the deal, Shapiro also maintained that the Washington-Jerusalem relationship is "stronger than ever."
"The values that we share, the common interests that we share, the common security that we both work together every day in our militaries and our intelligence services and our governments, and our people, is really what binds us," he reflected. "We have disagreements – we've had a very honest disagreement about this Iran deal – but in no way will that change the commitments we have to each other."
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