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‘President Putin began by wishing Prime Minister Netanyahu a happy Purim, which is a traditional Jewish holiday that marks the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, a vizier in the ancient Persian Empire.

In response, Netanyahu said Persia made “an attempt to destroy the Jewish people that did not succeed” nearly 2,500 years ago, stressing that “today there is an attempt by Persia’s heir, Iran, to destroy the state of the Jews.”

“They say this as clearly as possible and print it in black and white in their newspapers.” However, this time Israel has its own territory and an army that protects its territory, Netanyahu said.

Putin noted that those events had taken place “in the fifth century BC,” added that “we now live in a different world” and suggested discussing the actual up-to-date problems in the region.’

Read more: Putin to Netanyahu: Don’t judge Iran by 5th century BC, we live in a different world