On two-state solution, Netanyahu says labels are not important

The Israeli Prime Minister's Washington visit continues after Wednesday's "warm" meeting with US President Donald Trump. Regarding the two-state solution, Netanyahu said that the substance of a deal is important, not its labels.
Trump and Netanyahu's meeting in the White House Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Following his first meeting on Wednesday with the new US President, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred last night (Thursday) to the possibilities for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, stating that substance of a potential deal, not its labels, are important. In the interview with MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren, Netanyahu said, “Peace requires that a) the Palestinians finally accept the Jewish state and give up their ideas and their fantasies of destroying it and that Israel retain the security control of the area west of the Jordan River.”

Netanyahu stated in the interview that settlements are an issue but do not reflect the basic conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. He noted, "The real core of this conflict between us and the Palestinians is not this or that settlement or this or that community, it’s the persistent and enduring refusal to recognize a Jewish state in any boundary.”

"Sense of kinship and friendship" Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Regarding Iran, Netanyahu said that the country has recently become more aggressive, an example being their recent ballistic missile test with a Hebrew inscription on the missile reading “Israel must be erased.” Netanyahu noted that Iran's opposition is not only against Israel but also against the free society of the United States.

Photo Credit: CNN/Channel 2 News

When asked about the difference between the new US President and President Barack Obama, Netanyahu stressed that the two countries “have a great alliance” no matter who is in office. “I had a big difference with President Obama, obviously, on Iran and some other areas, but we also signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding for security support for Israel for the next decade,” he said.

“There was a great sense of kinship and friendship and I think that is something that the people of America feel toward the people of Israel and I assure you the people of Israel feel deeply about America,” Netanyahu continued.

During another interview with Fox News, Netanyahu defended Trump’s executive orders on immigration, saying that every country should have the right to restrict entry and that is very important in preventing terrorism. Netanyahu added that with more sophisticated weapons, the threats become more dangerous and more difficult to avoid.

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