Netanyahu rejects criticism ahead of Washington visit
Netanyahu might use polygraphs to find out who leaked pre-Washington visit commentsAfter Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in the U.S., his chief of staff told reporters that those who leaked comments from the closed-door security cabinet meeting must be found and brought to justice. He also said that the government is considering using polygraphs to find those responsible for the leaks.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief of staff Yoav Horowitz told the reporters who are accompanying Netanyahu to Washington that those who leaked comments from a closed-door security cabinet meeting need to be caught. Horowitz added that the government is “considering using polygraphs.” On Sunday, Netanyahu held a security cabinet meeting in preparation for his trip to Washington. However, several news outlets released leaked comments from the meeting shortly after it ended.
According to reports, Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett and Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked demanded during the meeting that Netanyahu withdraw his support for a two-state solution. The Israeli prime minister refused to withdraw his public support for this kind of solution and said that U.S. President Donald Trump’s personality needs to be taken into account. Netanyahu’s advisers also told the ministers who attended the meeting that Trump never made a commitment to support the settlements and thus there is no reason to believe that he will support widespread Israeli construction in the West Bank.
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Meanwhile, Netanyahu landed early this morning in Washington. He is expected to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ahead of his meeting tomorrow with Trump. Yesterday, Netanyahu told a Channel 2 News reporter that he will provide clear statements regarding the two-state solution during his visit.
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