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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discusses Iran at LA event

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed Iran during an address to Jewish leaders in L.A. Thursday.
March 6, 2014 4:44:54 AM PST
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed hundreds of Jewish leaders Thursday at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance. It marked the last day of the prime minister's trip to California.

For Jewish Americans, this was there one chance to hear from the man who has been at the center of Middle East politics for decades.

Netanyahu went straight to the most pressing issue he feels is facing the Israeli people - Iran.

"We shall expose what Iran is really doing. Building the weapons of mass death, and dispatching the weapons of immediate death right now to the worst terrorist groups in the world. That's the true face of Iran," Netanyahu said.

In fact, the threat Iran poses to Israel was the only subject the prime minister addressed in a short speech, which lasted just shy of 10 minutes, which left some disappointed.

"Would have liked to hear him talk more about the current political situation and negotiations, but it looks like he's in a hurry to get to someplace, so maybe he's got to catch his flight back home," said event attendee Zev Yaraslavsky.

The prime minister has been in California since Tuesday. Wednesday, Netanyahu was in the Bay Area where he met with tech executives and Gov. Jerry Brown. One thing the two leaders discussed was California's drought and how Israel copes with its arid climate.

Also Wednesday, the prime minister attended a private event held at a local residence in Malibu. Security was tight and the visit caused some big traffic headaches.

Not surprisingly, traffic backed up in West Los Angeles too, as police shut down Pico Boulevard on Thursday. Roads have since been reopened. Still, for many of those in attendance, it was all worth it.

"I think it's always important to show support for any leader or representative of Israel because I am such a staunch supporter of Israel. So I'm very happy he was here," said Talia Shulman Gold, another event attendee.

The last time an Israeli prime minister was in California was back in 2006.

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