Monday, February 13, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting the United States. The departure of the head of government is scheduled for 14:00.
February 15 at the White house will host a meeting of Israeli Prime Minister and U.S. President Donald trump. It is expected that the meeting will discuss the challenges of Iran, Syria, the situation in the Gaza strip, and prospects for the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian authority.
On Sunday, Netanyahu held a meeting of the military-political Cabinet of Ministers, during which they discussed the upcoming meeting of the Prime Minister of Israel and the President of the United States. The meeting lasted more than four hours. From the press service of the Prime Minister’s office gave: «the Ministers presented their positions on current issues such as Iran, Syria, the Palestinians and the relations with the new American administration. All Ministers agreed that it is important to strengthen relations with the United States, both at the governmental and at a personal level. The meeting was held in a calm and businesslike atmosphere.»
As reported to the Second channel ITV, in the course of the meeting, the Ministers from the party «Bayt Yehudi» Naftali Bennett and Ayelet shaked reiterated that, in their view, Netanyahu should declare the rejection of the idea of a settlement based on the principle of «two States for two peoples» and said «bar-Ilanskaya speech» in 2009. «We need to take advantage of the opportunity to secure the rejection of the idea of a Palestinian state,» said Naftali Bennett. According to the radio station «Reshet bet», this opinion was shared by some Ministers from Likud, in particular environment Minister ze’ev Elkin, science Minister Ophir Akunis and the Minister of culture and sports, Miri Regev. According to the Minister of transport and exploration of Yisrael Katz, the head of the government should receive from trump’s agreement to free the construction on the territory of existing settlements. We are talking about approximately 10% of the territory of Judea and Samaria. During the meeting it became clear that on this issue there is disagreement with the new US administration, whose representatives were given to understand political leadership of Israel that they expect a limiting construction only already started or planned projects.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Ministers about a telephone conversation with U.S. President, shortly after joining Donald trump in the post. In this talk, the Prime Minister of Israel described his vision of the situation in the diplomatic process and said that the Palestinian authority does not want peace and refuses to recognize the Jewish state. Trump said that he believes in the possibility of reaching an agreement and that it is possible to achieve a compromise in the dialogue with Abbas. Netanyahu told Ministers that it was necessary to avoid confrontation with Donald trump. According to the radio station «Reshet bet», Netanyahu stressed the need to take into account the «complex nature of the American President.»
Yesterday the Deputy Minister of Michael Oren said in an interview to the Parliamentary TV channel «Israel must submit to the President of the United States its commitment to the principle of «two States for two peoples», but at the moment, this principle can not be realized, and therefore it is necessary to move towards interim agreements with the Palestinian authority».
It is expected that on the issue of Iran between trump and Netanyahu have serious differences. According to the portal Walla, citing anonymous diplomatic sources in Jerusalem, Prime Minister of Israel will toughen control over observance by Iran of all the details of the agreement signed with the major powers. At the same time, Netanyahu will try to agree with trump about the preservation of the sanctions regime against Iran.
Benjamin Netanyahu returns from the US on 16 February and will visit Australia and Singapore.
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