Netanyahu Urges ‘Peace-Loving Countries’ to Stand With U.S. After Iran Shootdown

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens to Brigadier General Avi Blot, his military secretary, during a cabinet meeting earlier this month. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)

Shortly after Iran shot down an American surveillance drone on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on “all peace-loving countries” to support U.S. efforts to halt escalating Iranian provocations.

PM Netanyahu said that “in the last 24 hours, Iran has intensified its aggression against the United States and against all of us,” adding that “Israel stands by the United States and its military.”

Meanwhile, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton will travel to Israel on Sunday to meet with his Russian and Israel counterparts, the White House said.

Bolton will also meet with Israeli atomic energy officials during the trip, National Security Council Spokesman Garrett Marquis said.