Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran and the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Netanyahu and Bishop Photo credit: GPO/ Channel 2 News
This morning (Sunday), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop before returning to Israel. The two discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran’s influence in the Middle East and Israel’s fear of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
During the meeting, Bishop asked Netanyahu what he means when he talks about a Palestinian state. Netanyahu stated that the IDF must have control of the West Bank. He added that it’s possible to examine security alternatives in Gaza by having international forces monitor the territory and deal with the terrorism issues. This is the first time that the Prime Minister has raised the idea publicly.
Netanyahu discussed the need to prevent the International Criminal Court in The Hague from pressuring Israel. He raised the possibility of Australia influencing other countries to work together in order to pressure the court to minimize the number of probes against Israel.
In addition, the 2 discussed the potential threats of the Nuclear Deal with Iran and its influence in the region and support of terrorism. They agreed on improving the cooperation in the aspects of security, intelligence, economy and technology.
Netanyahu’s visit to Australia followed a historic visit in Singapore.