Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday
that his country was ready to attack Iran on its territory if the
"survival" of the Jewish state is at stake.
"Our red line is our survival," he asserted in response to a question by reporters about the "red line" that should be overcome in order for Israel to decide to attack Iran within its borders.
"We are doing what is necessary to protect the State of Israel from the Iranian regime, which ultimately calls for the destruction of the Jewish state," Netanyahu said, adding, "I do not rule out something that could be necessary to defend ourselves."
He explained that Israel is the only country whose army is "directly fighting" Iranian forces in neighboring Syrian territory, where Tehran supports the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
Netanyahu reiterated that Iran's behavior in the region, especially in Syria and Lebanon, and Israel's commitment to combating terrorism and its technological progress, has led to a rapprochement between Israel and the Arab states.
"The Arab states fully understand that Israel is not their enemy but their indispensable partner against extremists,” he said, speaking of "a new relationship between Israel and the Arab world."
Egypt and Jordan are currently the only Arab countries with which Israel has diplomatic relations, although there has been a recent warming of relations between Israel and other Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, in an attempt to counter Iran’s creeping presence in the region.