Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said his country will take any necessary steps to protect Israel from ISIS militants if the threat of an imminent attack by the extremist group increases.
Netanyahu, who is traveling to the US for the US-Israel Strategic and Security Forum, was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the forum after a dinner hosted by the US ambassador to Israel.
“I think we must continue to do whatever we can, even as the threat grows, to protect ourselves from this danger, because we cannot be left to defend ourselves without being able to counter the threat that we have faced, said Netanyahu.
We cannot afford not to defend our country,” Netanyahu said. “
We cannot afford to lose the lives of our citizens or citizens of Israel.
We cannot afford not to defend our country,” Netanyahu said.
“This is the most important thing we can do right now.”
Netanyahu said he would discuss the threat from ISIS with US President Donald Trump during their joint press conference at the White House on Tuesday evening.
The two leaders also agreed to increase coordination in dealing with the threat posed by ISIS and the terrorist groups in Lebanon, Syria and elsewhere.