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March 7, 2012

Netanyahu says Israel’s friends will stand by her

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Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Speaker of the House John Boehner, listen as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks in the U.S. Capitol in Washington on March 6. Photo by REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Speaker of the House John Boehner, listen as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks in the U.S. Capitol in Washington on March 6. Photo by REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel has “many courageous friends.”

In remarks after landing in Israel following a visit to Canada and the United States, Netanyahu said, “I was received warmly, we have many courageous friends.”

“We are returning for Purim, and this evening we will read in the Book of Esther about those days in which Jews were not masters of their own fate and could not defend themselves. Today we are in a different world and a different era; we have a strong state and army. The threats have not disappeared, but we can defend ourselves. We have very many friends that stand at our side and will do so at all times.”

On his North American visit, Netanyahu met with President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and members of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, as well as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

At his meeting with Obama on Monday, Netanyahu reportedly gave the U.S. leader a copy of the book of Esther. The leaders’ talks reportedly centered on the Iranian nuclear threat.

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