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Outcome of WikiLeaks positive for Israel: Netanyahu

world Updated: Nov 30, 2010 14:40 IST

Describing the outcome of leaked US diplomatic documents by WikiLeaks as positive for Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that the Saudi King's offer to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear programme is a clear vindication of his country's warnings that the Islamic Republic is the chief danger to the Middle East.

According to the documents posted online by WikiLeaks, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia repeatedly urged US to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear programme.

The King is just one of many Arab voices in the documents calling for tough action against Iran, proof that Israel is not alone in its belief that Tehran is a growing menace to the region, Netanyahu said.

"The greatest threat to world peace stems from the arming of the regime in Iran," Netanyahu told reporters yesterday, adding, "More and more states, governments and leaders in the Middle East and in far reaches of the world understand this is a fundamental threat."

"Our region has been hostage to a narrative that is the result of 60 years of propaganda, which paints Israel as the greatest threat," Netanyahu said.

He also saw the outcome of the leaks as "positive" for Israel as the Jewish state had been warning of the dangers the Iranian nuclear programme poses to the entire region.

"In reality leaders understand that view is bankrupt. For the first time in history, there is agreement that Iran is the threat. If leaders start saying openly what they have long been saying behind closed doors, we can make a real breakthrough on the road to peace," Netanyahu noted.

Netanyahu also mentioned that Israel had worked in advance to limit any damage from leaks. "Every Israeli leader has known for years that dispatches are likely to leak out, so we adapted ourselves to the reality of leaks," he said.

Despite warnings by the US of possible leak of classified documents, Israeli leaders maintained calm with some officials saying that "there isn't much difference between their official position and what transpires behind closed doors".

Meanwhile, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the latest US documents on WikiLeaks are proof of the transparency of the Palestinian Authority. The papers said Israel tried to coordinate with the PA regarding its Gaza offencive in the winter of 2008-09, telling the Palestinians to be ready to take over the enclave. The PA rejected the offer, the documents said.