Netanyahu, Norwegian FM Focus on IS Threat

Terrorism, not Operation Protective Edge, takes center stage during diplomatic meeting as concerns over IS escalate.

Hezki Baruch, | updated: 16:03

Netanyahu meets with Norwegian Foreign Minist
Netanyahu meets with Norwegian Foreign Minist
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende on Monday, focusing mostly on the regional threats to the Middle East from Islamic State (IS; formerly known as ISIS). 

"You came here during a turbulent time," Netanyahu began. "Among the international community there is a growing awareness to the threat of terrorism and Islamic fanaticism. Organizations like IS, Hamas, Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab and Hezbollah (supported by Iran) pose a clear and substantial threat to our culture, our way of life, [and] our values​​." 

Netanyahu emphasized that the Western world must nip terrorism in the bud. 

"Those who do not [fight terrorism] will find on their doorstep tomorrow the Islamic terrorism that is here [in the Middle East - ed.] today," he said. "I know you understand this, and I look forward to talking to you about it and the search for peace."

Brende first responded with acknowledging Operation Protective Edge, which ended last month after a fifty-day self-defense operation in Gaza.

"I send condolences from Norway," he said. "I know it has been a very hard time for Israel." 

Regarding terrorism, Brende responded with confidence.

"I arrived just now from the NATO Conference in Wales, where there was a broad discussion of how to join forces against extremism, especially now with the rise of IS in Syria and Iraq." 

"I myself visited Iraq last week and saw the terrible situation in Irbil," he continued. "I thought [about the fact] that, just 20 kilometers (12 miles - ed.) away is the front for a radical organization that is taking more and more control."

"I look forward to discussing the upcoming donors conference in New York as well as our cooperation," he added. 

IS has been gaining ground in the Middle East for months, but has sparked a worldwide scramble to suppress terrorism in Syria and Iraq after the brutal murder of American journalists James Foley and Steve Sotloff over the past month.

The group has been actively engaged in a campaign of ethnic cleansing against hundreds - if not thousands - of Shi'ite Muslims and minorities, including Bedouin and ethnic Yazidi.




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