Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu said Friday that Saudi Arabia should receive a passport for the assassination of US journalist Jamal Khashoggi because the kingdom is an ally of the Jewish state against Iran.
"What happened at the Istanbul Consulate was horrible and should be treated properly. At the same time, it is very important for the stability of the region and the world that Saudi Arabia remains stable, "said Netanyahu in Bulgaria, the Times of Israel reported.
Khashoggi was reportedly strangled and dismembered on October 2 by a Saudi Arabian murder squad, commanded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for criticizing the Saudi regime.
Netanyahu stated that his killers should somehow be punished, but his primary concern is the role of the kingdom to thwart Iran's ambitions in the Middle East that involve the destruction of Israel.
"I think a way has to be found to achieve both goals. I think Iran is the bigger problem and we need to make sure that Iran does not continue its vicious activities that it has been pursuing in Europe in recent weeks, "he said.
"We helped expose two terrorist attacks – one in Paris and the other in Copenhagen, organized by the Iranian intelligence service. The blockade of Iran is at the top of our agenda for security, not just for Israel, I believe for Europe and the world, "he added, pointing to two plans that were criss-crossed by Iran's goals.
Netanyahu's comments came a day after reports that he had called on the White House to weaken the crown prince, who is close to his first son-in-law, Jared Kushner, despite the outrage over Khashoggi's murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
Netanyahu told Team Trump that bin Salman was an important partner in the Alliance against Iranian expansion in the region.
The Israeli PM also said on Friday that his invitation to sit down with four Balkan leaders was a sign of Israel's improved international position.
Netanyahu was in Bulgaria for the Craiova Forum, in which the leaders of Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Greece took part.