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Netanyahu: Arab countries consider Israel an ally

The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu said that the main principles of settlement of the middle East conflict is more important than the formal result in the form of two States for two peoples. He stressed that the Palestinians must recognize Israel as a Jewish state in any borders, but this is not happening.

In an interview with MSNBC Prime Minister of Israel said that, while Jewish settlements can be a problem from the point of view of the peace process, the main obstacle to peace is not in them. He noted that the main reason for stretching over decades of conflict is one of consistent unwillingness of the Palestinian side to recognize the right of a Jewish state to exist. According to Netanyahu, they trump agreed to continue to discuss settlement activity.

While Netanyahu stressed that the main task today is to create conditions for a broad peace agreement in the region, involving Israel, Palestinians and Arab States. He noted that many Arab countries today consider Israel an enemy, but an ally in the fight against the threat from Iran and terrorists «Islamic state», and this creates a unique opportunity to promote peace.

Commenting on the statement of U.S. President Donald trump that he will not seek to implement the principle of «two States for two peoples,» Netanyahu said that «labels» don’t matter, and eventually for peace the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state, abandoning the idea to destroy Israel, and the Israeli government must maintain control in the security sphere over the territory West of the Jordan river, otherwise there will be «another Islamist dictatorship.»

The Israeli leader also said that President trump gave him a very warm welcome, and stressed that Israel and USA are allies. He noted that the country had always cooperated, regardless of who was in the White house – the Republicans or the Democrats. Netanyahu said that although he had differences with President Barack Obama about Iran, they signed a strategic agreement on us military aid to Israel for ten years.

Official visit of Netanyahu to the United States, during which he held talks with President Donald trump, lasted three days. Next Sunday, after the Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu plans to fly to Australia. Then is scheduled the visit to Singapore.

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Netanyahu: Arab countries consider Israel an ally 17.02.2017

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