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Netanyahu challenges Jewish journalists across the world

Speaking at the Jewish Media Summit in Jerusalem, Israeli PM outlines main difficulties facing journalists

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there are three major challenges facing today's Jewish journalists across the world.

Speaking at the beginning of a three-day long conference for Jewish journalists from around the world called the Jewish Media Summit held in Jerusalem, Netanyahu outlined the main difficulties facing the press with regards to current events. 
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"Nine days ago, three youths were kidnapped by Hamas," Netanyahu said at the beginning of his speech, given shortly after he spoke to the father of Mohammed Karaka, 13, who was killed in an explosion near the Israeli-Syrian border earlier in the day.

"The enemies of the State [of Israel] continue to attack us, to kill children and don't distinguish between citizens," he said. "Our hearts are broken by these kidnappings and murder."
The Israeli PM then called on journalists across the world to "tell our story to our people."

Three major challenges

"When we look around us, I see three major challenges," Netanyahu added during his speech, listing the fight against anti-Semitism as a top priority.
"Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Western and Eastern Europe," he continued, noting that this rise was linked to the far-left, the far-right and Islamic extremism.
"We cannot accept that and I think we speak out against what is happening," Netanyahu said, adding: "You should let anti-Semites [everywhere] know how tolerant our country is."
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Netanyahu also addressed the ongoing crisis in Iraq, where violent clashes between Sunnis and Shiites have led to a major rift in the country.
"The ancient hatred between Sunnis and Shiites is being unleashed after the collapse of dictatorial regimes that had once contained it," said Netanyahu. "It is crucial that we prevent weapons of mass destruction from falling to Islamist regimes' hands."
"What you're seeing in the Middle East today in Iraq and in Syria is the stark hatred between radical Shiites -- in this case led by Iran -- and radical Sunnis led by al-Qaida and ISIS and others," he added, once again noting the importance of preventing the Iranian regime from laying its hands on nuclear weapons.
The conference, which is sponsored by the Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Government Press Office, includes participants from 27 different countries.
The group of over 100 journalists includes representatives from Hong Kong to Chile, Costa Rica, and Australia among others.   (Source: i24News.TV)

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