The remarks got here simply greater than every week after the Israeli navy had engaged directly with Iranian forces in Syria, placing what Israel mentioned had been quite a few Iranian targets after intercepting a drone that had penetrated its airspace, then shedding an Israeli fighter jet underneath Syrian antiaircraft fireplace.
It’s believed to be the primary Israeli aircraft misplaced underneath enemy fireplace in many years.
Israel has lengthy warned concerning the danger of battle as Iranian forces and their allies, together with Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group, have dug in on Syrian territory and approached the boundary with the Israeli-held portion of the Golan Heights.
Israel has carried out scores of airstrikes in Syria in recent times, focusing largely on what it says are superior weapons shops or convoys of weapons meant for Hezbollah, and it has additionally reportedly hit Syrian authorities services concerned in weapons growth and an Iranian base underneath building in Syria.
“I’ve made clear in phrase and deed that Israel has pink traces it would implement,” Mr. Netanyahu mentioned on Sunday. “Israel will proceed to forestall Iran from establishing a everlasting navy presence in Syria. Israel will proceed to behave to forestall Iran from establishing one other terror base from which to threaten Israel.”
The Munich convention offered Mr. Netanyahu with a well timed alternative to seem on the world stage in his most popular position as Israel’s safety czar and chief guardian towards Iran, simply days after the Israeli police advisable that he be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of belief in two corruption cases.
The prime minister, who denies all wrongdoing, has responded by lashing out at his and Israel’s enemies and usually conducting his prime ministerial enterprise as ordinary.
Mr. Netanyahu has lengthy criticized the nuclear deal that was negotiated between Iran and the world’s greatest powers underneath President Barack Obama and has discovered an ally in President Trump, who has mentioned he desires to scrap the pact.
On Sunday, Mr. Netanyahu used the convention venue within the Bavarian capital to attract an analogy between the Iran deal and the appeasement of Nazi Germany, related to a treaty signed right here on the eve of World Warfare II.
The Iran deal, he mentioned, had “unleashed a harmful Iranian tiger in our area and past.”
He stopped in need of equating Iran with Nazi Germany however drew many comparisons. “Let me be clear, Iran will not be Nazi Germany,” he mentioned. “There are various variations between the 2,” he mentioned, however, he famous, “there are additionally some placing similarities.”
He pursued the analogy later within the afternoon, when he visited a memorial to Israeli athletes who had been killed by Palestinian terrorists in the course of the 1972 Munich Olympics.
“There may be particular that means to the truth that we’re standing on the place the place 11 of our athletes had been murdered simply because they had been Jews and Israelis,” Mr. Netanyahu mentioned. “Thousands and thousands had been slaughtered right here simply because they had been Jews.”
At present, he mentioned, “we have now a state and this state has acted, and is performing at present, towards terrorism and people who would destroy us,” he mentioned.
Mr. Netanyahu had made headlines the day earlier than, when he condemned his Polish counterpart for saying Jews had additionally been perpetrators in World Warfare II.
The Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, confronted criticism in Munich for his response to a query about a law that was passed in Poland this month imposing jail phrases for these suggesting the nation was complicit within the Holocaust.
When an Israeli reporter requested whether or not he may go to jail for recounting the story of his mom, a Holocaust survivor who was betrayed by her Polish neighbors who gave particulars to the Nazis, Mr. Morawiecki gave a fumbling response.
“In fact it’s not going to be punishable, not going to be seen as prison, to say that there have been Polish perpetrators, as there have been Jewish perpetrators, as there have been Russian perpetrators, as there have been Ukrainian, not solely German perpetrators,” he mentioned.
Mr. Netanyahu swiftly replied, calling the feedback “outrageous.”
“There’s a drawback right here of an lack of ability to grasp historical past and a scarcity of sensitivity to the tragedy of our individuals,” he mentioned, including, “I intend to talk with him forthwith.”
Afterward Sunday, Mr. Netanyahu spoke by telephone with Mr. Morawiecki and informed him that this earlier remarks had been unacceptable and that there was no foundation for evaluating the actions of Poles in the course of the Holocaust to these of Jews, in accordance with the Israeli prime minister’s media adviser.
Mr. Netanyahu identified that the purpose of the Holocaust was to destroy the Jewish individuals and that every one Jews had been underneath sentence of loss of life, the official mentioned. He additionally informed his Polish counterpart that the distortion relating to Poland couldn’t be corrected via one other distortion. The 2 agreed that the international locations would proceed their dialogue on the matter.