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Exclusive: Netanyahu says terrorists ‘attacking us from every side’

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In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24 Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country was facing terrorists threats "from every side" and warned that it would take any precautions necessary to prevent conflicts in neighbouring states from spilling over into its territory.

Speaking from his office in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said that militants and their “terror offsprings” were already “on our doorstep”.

“We see that in the Golan Heights, we see it in Lebanon, we see it in Gaza and we just saw in the kidnappings by Hamas in the West Bank, so it’s attacking us from every side. We push back, it’s important I think for the whole world to push back,” he said.

With Sunni militants, led by Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), currently waging an insurgency in both Iraq and Syria, the Israeli leader warned that borders across the Middle East were being redrawn.

“Unfortunately there are militant Islamists on both sides, Shiites and Sunnis fighting each other,” he said.

“I think there is a danger those militancies will spill over in our direction, and we will take whatever precautions we need to.”

The international community should concentrate on preventing militant groups from gaining new territory and “most importantly” stop them obtaining weapons of mass destruction, said Netanyahu.

“Neither side should have chemical weapons or nuclear weapons and I think this is the greatest task of all - to make sure the militant Shiites led by Iran do not get atomic powers,” he said.

“I think that is the ultimate question that we have to address in order to prevent an age of ultimate terror.”

By FRANCE 24

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