Iran greatest threat, Netanyahu tells GOP lawmakers


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Iran remains the region’s biggest threat, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a delegation of Republican U.S. congressmen visiting Israel.

"Iran is the largest danger standing before us today," Netanyahu told the 27 lawmakers making up a congressional delegation led by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the majority whip in Congress. "It is what motivates the leading radical elements and leads to instability in the region. Its goal is to destroy any chance of democratic governance, peace and freedom in the Middle East."

During the meeting Monday in Jerusalem, Netanyahu thanked the congressmen for U.S. assistance in supporting the Iron Dome missile defense system, which is being deployed in southern Israel and has intercepted rockets fired at Israel from Gaza.

Netanyahu met last week with a congressional delegation of Democratic U.S. lawmakers. Another Republican delegation is set to arrive later this month.

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