Jerusalem, June 26 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said instability in the Middle East demands that the international community work for peace.
Referring to the Arab Spring and the ongoing violence in Syria that has claimed more than 10,000 lives, most of them civilians, Netanyahu said ”a way to end the killing and the terrible suffering of the citizens of Syria must be found.”
“Peace, security and regional stability must be pursued as far as is possible during these turbulent times,” Netanyahu said at a ceremony welcoming visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Netanyahu also said he looked forward to working with the Egyptian government under its newly elected president, Mohamed Morsi.
“I believe that peace is important to Israel; I believe that peace is important to the Egyptians; I believe that peace is a vital interest for both countries; and I believe that peace is the foundation for stability in our region.”
The Israeli leader said Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons in defiance of the United Nations had to be met be continued international resolve.
"We agree that Iran’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons is a grave threat first and foremost to Israel, but also to the region and to the world," he told Putin. “Israel believes the international community must now do two things: ratchet up the sanctions against Iran; and also ratchet up the demands that are being made of Iran” to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency.