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Israel PM salutes Iran protests, deplores violence
ROME, June 23 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday praised Iranians protesting against the election results and said Tehran's "aggressive and violent" behaviour made it the greatest threat to world peace.
"I think we have to recognise that the greatest threat is the kind of aggressive and violent behaviour that we see coming from Iran," Netanyahu told a news conference in Rome.
"Iran is not only supporting its terrorist proxies that oppose peace -- Hezbollah and Hamas -- it is also repressing its own people," he said.
"I believe that the courage shown by the people of Iran in facing bullets in the streets for the sake of freedom is something that deserves the salute of free men and women everywhere," said the Israeli prime minister.
(Reporting by Allyn Fisher and Daniel Flynn; writing by Deepa Babington and Stephen Brown)
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