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Netanyahu says anyone attacking Israel will be dealt "strongest blow"

Reuters logo Reuters 08-01-2020

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, after an Iranian missile strike on U.S.-led forces in Iraq, that Israel would hit back hard against anyone who attacked his country.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a conference in Jerusalem January 8, 2020 © REUTERS/ Ronen Zvulun Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a conference in Jerusalem January 8, 2020

Netanyahu reiterated his praise for U.S. President Donald Trump for the killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani last week, calling it a bold move.

The Israeli leader said Soleimani had tried to destabilise the region for decades and was "planning much worse."

Without directly referencing Iran's missile strikes overnight, in what Tehran called retaliation for the general's death in Baghdad, Netanyahu said in a speech in Jerusalem that Israel stood beside the United States.

"Whoever tries to attack us will be dealt the strongest blow," Netanyahu said, accusing Iran of leading a campaign to "strangle and destroy" Israel.

(Reporting by Stephen Farrell, Jeffrey Heller and Ari Rabinovitch)

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