Published: Tue, February 20, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

Israel, Iran in war of words

Israel, Iran in war of words

Holding a piece of what he said was an Iranian drone after its incursion into Israeli airspace earlier this month, Netanyahu told the Munich Security Conference: "Israel will not allow the regime to put a noose of terror around our neck". He claimed that the drone was an Iranian one and warned Tehran "not to test Israel's resolve".

"Israel has said it shot down the drone on February 10 after it entered the country from Syria, and responded with a raid on what it said was the Iranian control systems for the craft in Syria".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves part of an Iranian drone downed in Israeli airspace, during a speech on the third day of the 54th Munich Security Conference (MSC) held at the Bayerischer Hof hotel, in Munich, southern Germany, on February 18, 2018.

Netanyahu waved a piece of an Iranian drone shot down over northern Israel last week, which led to Israeli airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria, and directly addressed Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who also attended the conference.

"Mr. Zarif, do you recognize this?".

"Through its proxies-Shiite militias in Iraq, the Houthis in Yemen, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza-Iran is devouring huge swaths of the Middle East", the Israeli prime minister added.

Quoted by Iran's semi-official government news site, Rezaei, in response to Netanyahu's comments at the Munich Security Conference, asserted that "If they [Israel] carry out the slightest unwise move against Iran, we will level Tel Aviv to the ground and will not give any opportunity to Netanyahu to flee". "We will act without hesitation to defend ourselves". The aircraft crash-landed in Israel.

Netanyahu also used his Sunday speech to rail against Iran's nuclear deal with world powers including the United States.

In a secondary response following the downing of the Israeli jet, the Israeli Air Force conducted a targeting Syrian air defense units.

Netanyahu compared Iran's expansionism to European appeasement of the Nazis during World War Two.

Iran's national flags are seen on a square in Tehran Thomson Reuters PARIS (Reuters) - France reaffirmed its commitment to the Iran nuclear deal on Monday, saying it wanted it to be strictly implemented and was continuing talks with its European and US partners on the program.

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