Netanyahu: "American Leaders Worry About The Security of Their Country; Israeli Leaders Worry About The Survival Of Their Country"


PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: Ladies and gentlemen, Israel and the United States agree that Iran shouldn't have nuclear weapons, but we disagree on the best way to prevent Iran from developing those weapons. Now, disagreements among allies are only natural from time to time even among the closest of allies because there are important differences between America and Israel.

The United States of America is a large country, one of the largest. Israel is a small country, one of the smallest. America lives in one of the world's safest neighborhoods. Israel lives in the world's most dangerous neighborhoods. America is the strongest power in the world. Israel is strong, but it's much more vulnerable. American leaders worry about the security of their country. Israeli leaders worry about the survival of their country.

I think that encapsulates the difference. I've been prime minister of Israel for nine years. There's not a single day, not one day that I didn't think about the survival of my country and the actions that I take to ensure that survival, not one day.

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