Do not test Israel's resolve, PM Netanyahu tells Iran


Israel then targeted an Iranian command-and-control center in Syria as well as air defense batteries, Netanyahu said.

The rest of drone, according to Netanyahu, belongs to an Iranian device shot down last week when it moved into Israeli airspace.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday presented what he believed was a clear-cut indictment against Iran's mounting regional belligerence when he displayed a piece of the wreckage of the Iranian UAV that was shot down in Israel earlier this month.

"Iran is trying to dominate our region, Middle East. [.] It is developing ballistic missiles, "Netanyahu started, who later assured that Iran aspires to build" an empire from Tehran to Tartús and from Caspian Sea to Mediterranean".

In Munich, where 11 Israeli athletes were killed by Islamic terrorists in 1972, Netanyahu suggested the Obama administration's 2015 nuclear deal with Iran was like the 1938 Munich Pact that appeased the Nazis and led to World War II.

"We know what the world looks like without the Iran nuclear agreement", he said, speaking at the same conference.

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US President Donald Trump has expressed deep skepticism about the Iran nuclear deal that lifted sanctions against the country.

Netanyahu urged policy makers to avoid the mistake of Munich negotiators who failed to stand up to Adolf Hitler 80 years ago for fear of provoking a conflict. Mr Zarif denied that Tehran was seeking "hegemony" in the Middle East. "It's not a better place".

France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China, which signed the nuclear deal along with Iran and the USA, say the accord can not be renegotiated, that it is working and that Iran is allowing inspections. "Israel will act not just against Iran's proxies that are attacking us, but against Iran itself".

Saying he had "a message to the tyrants of Tehran" during a speech at the Munich Security Conference, he warned: "Do not test Israel's resolve". He said Iran doesn't "want to be the hegemon in the region" and, in a warning directed at the United States, threatened that his country will "respond seriously" if global powers scrap the nuclear deal with Iran.

The new probe comes days after police announced there was sufficient evidence to indict Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases. The Israeli leader has angrily rejected the accusations and denounced what he describes as an overzealous police investigation.

Today, he said, "we have a state and this state has acted, and is acting today, against terrorism and those who would destroy us", he said.