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‘We will seek peace, but invest in defence’

The threat Israel faces from neighbouring countries, means it will seek peace but continue to invest in defence to protect itself, the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations has said.

“We have no intention to escalate anything in the Middle East and our neighbours know that,” Danny Danon told BBC Hardtalk’s Stephen Sackur.

“But they should know at the same time, that if they try to pose a threat to our existence we have the means to protect ourselves and we will do whatever is necessary to protect the Jewish people in Israel,” he added.

Mr Danon was responding to a question about the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech when he was visiting the Dimona nuclear plant.

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