Israel Political Brief March 2, 2012: Iran a ‘grave threat,’ PM Benjamin Netanyahu tells Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Israeli prime minister thanks Harper for warm reception

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Iran a ‘grave threat,’ Netanyahu tells Harper

Israeli prime minister thanks Harper for warm reception

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, walks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Parliament Hill Friday. The two leaders were discussing growing tensions with Iran over its nuclear program.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, walks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Parliament Hill Friday. The two leaders were discussing growing tensions with Iran over its nuclear program. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

Israel has the right to defend itself against a country that wants to destroy it, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today as he began a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper that is expected to focus heavily on Iran.

After arriving on Parliament Hill and being greeted by a military honour guard, Netanyahu said he wanted to talk to Harper about the “remarkable turbulence that is shaking the Middle East” and about Iran’s “relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons.”

“I know from many conversations that we’ve had that you share my view that this is a grave threat to the peace and security of the world and I think it is important that the international community not allow this threat to materialize,” Netanyahu said to Harper as they held a photo opportunity in Harper’s office. “As for Israel, like any sovereign country, we reserve the right to defend ourselves against a country that calls and works for our destruction.

“On that note, I can say that it is particularly gratifying to be among such good friends here in Ottawa on a cold day with warm friendship.”

The two leaders are having a short meeting, then will speak to the news media. Harper will then host a working lunch with the Israeli prime minister and Netanyahu will also meet Friday with Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall….READ MORE

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Canada, Harper and Israel, Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, March 2, 2012. (Fred Chartrand / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, March 2, 2012. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

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