BOGOTA – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday in Bogota that Iran’s “terrorist links” are everywhere, including Latin America, a region he is presently visiting, and he called for unity in combating Tehran’s influence.
After meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Netanyahu said that Israel believes that all countries should join together, just as Israel is cooperating with certain Arab countries, to prevent aggression and terror from expanding.
In a hardline speech, the Israeli leader said that the world of today presents “limitless opportunities” although a huge threat exists, not only from terrorism in general, which he noted had also affected Colombia, but also from the threat of militant Islamic terrorism, which has affected Muslims and others around the world.
He said that, in his opinion, such terrorism has two sources: the Islamic State and Iran.
Netanyahu said that this had spurred a new relationship between Israel and Arab nations because they see Israel not only as an adversary but also as an indispensable ally against forces that want to take the future away from humanity and return it to the past.
During his address, the Israeli premier said that this is the first time that a serving leader of his country’s government had visited Colombia and Latin America, and he emphasized that this will lay the groundwork so that “another 70 years” will not pass before the next such visit.
He said that Colombia and Israel can do much more by working together and acknowledged that he is excited by the possibilities opening up during the post-internal-conflict phase in the South American country after the signing of a peace accord between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas.
The Israeli leader also said that during his meeting with Santos, the pair discussed issues related to agriculture, water supply and cybersecurity.