Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu on Sunday warned the United States against working with arch-foe Iran in the effort to pull Iraq back from the brink. Israel has consistently voiced fears that a swift jihadist offensive led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that has swept up swaths of Iraq may prompt concessions to Tehran from Washington.
The United States and Iran now find themselves sharing a common interest in helping Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki fend off the onslaught, and the two sides held rare, brief talks last week in Vienna on the sidelines of international consultations on Tehran’s nuclear program.
“What you’re seeing in the Middle East today in Iraq and in Syria is the stark hatred between radical Shiites — in this case led by Iran — and radical Sunnis led by Al-Qaeda and ISIS and others,” Netanyahu told NBC’s “Meet the Press”, referring to ISIL. “Now both of these camps are enemies of the United States, and when your enemies are fighting each other, don’t strengthen either one — weaken both,” said Netanyahu, who was in Israel.
Netanyahu said Israel is “beacon of civilization” in the Middle East.
“Go to Libya, go to Syria, go to Iraq, and see the difference,” Netanyahu said. But make sure to travel in “an armored plated bus, and make sure you don’t say that you’re Christian,” he warned. Read more at NEWSMAX.