Netanyahu, May reportedly discussed ‘need to overcome obstacles to peace’

After meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed optimism concerning the Iran nuclear deal, saying that the world powers are looking into altering it. According to May’s office, the two leaders also discussed the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and “the need to overcome obstacles to peace.”

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Thursday with British Prime Minister Theresa May. The two leaders discussed several topics including the nuclear deal with Iran. Netanyahu told reporters after the meeting that while he believes that the agreement is a bad deal and therefore should be nullified, the world powers should amend the agreement if they want to preserve it.

Netanyahu added that the world powers are already searching for a way to change the agreement. During his meeting with May, Netanyahu said: “The goal that I have in mind is not keeping or eliminating the deal. It’s improving the deal and correcting its main flaws.”

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Netanyahu also told May that Israel’s relations with various Arab countries are improving: “Many Arab countries now see Israel not as an enemy but as their indispensable ally in the battle against militant Islam. The threat we all see is a resurgent Iran that is bent not only on dominating the region but bent on developing nuclear weapons.”

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The two also discussed the Israeli settlements in the West Bank. According to a spokesman from May’s office, the British prime minister expressed her concerns about the issue. “They discussed the need to overcome obstacles to peace, with the prime minister noting our grave concerns about illegal settlements,” he said. “The prime ministers also discussed the fact settlements are not the only obstacle and that the people of Israel deserve to live free from the scourge of terrorism and anti-Semitic incitement.”



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