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Knesset Speaker to Russians: You're the Other Sheriff

Speaker Rivlin tells visiting Russian parliamentarians they share responsibility for world, along with the US.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 2/27/2012, 1:31 PM

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Speaker Rivlin
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Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin met Monday with representatives of Foreign Affairs and Defense Committees of the Russian Federation Council – the upper house of the Federal Assembly of Russia. He implored the parliamentarian delegation, which includes Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Mikhail Margelov, to act against the Iranian nuclear threat.

"For Iran, Israel is the symbol of evil – a symbol of Islam's war against the West," Rivlin said. "Sometimes threats must be taken seriously. When Iran manufactures unconventional weapons, this is a threat not just to Israel but to the entire free world. I have no doubt that Russia can halt Iran's nuclear arming."

"There is not just on sheriff in the world today," Rivlin told Margelov. "There are two: the U.S. and Russia. Responsibility for the free world rests with you. Even if it costs financial gain, you must not lend a hand to Islamic fundamentalism that declares its will to erase the state of Israel from the map."

"If Iranians knew that Russia is not backing them, the world could sleep better," Rivlin said.