Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah visited on Sunday the opening of a photo exhibit in Jerusalem which shows photos taken immediately after the September 11 attacks in New York.
The photographs were taken by photographer American-Israeli photographer Robby Berman, who wheedled his way into Ground Zero on September 11 and 12, 2001 and shot a series of pictures that have never before been seen in public.
Netanyahu later addressed those present at the opening.
"There is a remarkable fortitude and resilience in the people of America and the people of Israel and the people of all free societies," Netanyahu said.
"I believe that there is no greater bond in facing this courage of terrorism than the bond between Israel and America because it reflects the deepest bond of two societies that were born in freedom and that share so many ideals and so many values," he added.
Netanyahu used the opportunity to thank President Barack Obama for helping extricate Israeli security staff at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo which came under attack on Friday. He then praised Obama for the demise of Osama Bin Laden.
"The U.S. President should be congratulated for this action," Netanyahu said. "I think that it's something symbolic that President Obama ordered the elimination of Osama Bin Laden as we close this decade. That is both a symbolic and substantive victory."
The Prime Minister also asserted that the greatest danger to world stability today is a nuclear Iran.
"The possibility that the world's most dangerous weapons will fall into the hands of the world's most dangerous regimes is all too real," Netanyahu said. "The ultimate terrorist nightmare – a potential nuclear terrorist attack – could soon become a real and present danger."
"This must not be allowed to happened," he added. "The international community led by the United States must do everything in its power to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons."
"On this day…let us recommit ourselves to doing all in our power to ensure that the forces of barbarism are defeated and that the forces of progress and peace will prevail," concluded Netanyahu.