Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday evening told the Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors that the strategic power balance in the Middle East is shifting, as Iran places precision-guided missiles across the region in an effort to threaten Israel.
Addressing hundreds of Jewish community leaders from around the world at the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said that the Jewish people must come together in the face of the great danger posed by Iranian aggression.
“We must be strong. And to be strong, we have to be united as a people; united in spirit, united in our quest to secure the future of the Jewish state and the Jewish people,” he said.
Netanyahu also addressed the budgetary requirements of developing the required military strength, saying that funds would have to be taken from civilian purposes in favor of military ones.
“To be strong, we must advance our military might. And to be strong militarily, we now have to shift funds from the civilian areas to the military ones,” he said.
“That is very hard to do. You can do it in a time of crisis, when things happen that everybody can see, or you can do it in anticipation of avoiding a crisis. And that requires a very broad-shouldered government. That’s what we need today,” he added.
Earlier Monday evening, Netanyahu held a press conference with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in which he warned that Iran has already begun placing precision-guided missiles in Yemen, from which they intend to strike Israel.