(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Following is a statement that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued late Friday afternoon (7 September 2012):
"I would like to commend Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for taking a step that showed leadership and daring and which sends a clear message to Iran and the entire world.
One week after the display of anti-Semitism and hatred in Tehran, the government of Canada is taking a moral step of the highest order. Canada's determination is very important in order for the Iranians to understand that they cannot continue their race after nuclear weapons. This practical measure needs to serve as an example of international responsibility for the global community. It is important that the international community join in this pressure by setting Iran clear red lines."
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Wednesday, 12 September 2012) spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and thanked him for his decision to expel Iranian diplomats from his country and to withdraw Canada's representatives from Iran. "Your decision constitutes an example of leadership and morality. It is an example of the correct message that the international community needs to send to Iran," the Prime Minister said.