Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday expressed support for US President Donald Trump's stance against Iranian aggression.
"There is a new efflorescence, a new renaissance of relations between us and many of our Arab neighbors, and many non-Arab Muslim countries. We are united in our desire to stop Iranian aggression,” said Netanyahu at an event marking the one year anniversary of the US Embassy moving to Jerusalem.
“Israel and all the countries of the region and all the countries who seek peace in the world should stand together with the United States against Iranian aggression. We have to keep on strengthening the State of Israel and keep on strengthening the indispensable alliance with America,” he added.
Netanyahu’s comments came as Washington deployed an aircraft carrier strike group and nuclear-capable bombers to the Gulf in the wake of unspecified threats from Iran.
On Monday, US President Donald Trump warned that Iran would “suffer greatly” if it targeted US interests.
“We’ll see what happens with Iran. If they do anything, it will be a very bad mistake. If they do anything they will suffer greatly,” he said.
Tensions between the US and Iran have increased in the wake of the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and its imposing of sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Netanyahu has been a supporter of Trump's policy regarding Iran. In November, when Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran in the wake of the withdrawal from the deal, Netanyahu welcomed the move as “a historic day”.
Last week, after Iran announced it would reduce some “voluntary” commitments within the nuclear deal, Netanyahu vowed that Israel will prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.