Netanyahu: Many Arab countries now regard Israel as an ally, not the enemy

Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu says rise of radical Islam has brought Israel closer to important Arab states in the region; “Advancement of relations with the Arab world could help to promote a sober & stable peace between us and the Palestinians.”

By Lilach Shoval & Israel Hayom Staff

 

Countries in the region understand that due to the rise of radical Islam, whether it be the Shiite Islamic extremism of Iran or the Sunni Islamic extremism of the Islamic State group, Israel is not an enemy, but rather an ally … against this common threat that endangers us all,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday at a National Security College graduation ceremony in Glilot, just north of Tel Aviv.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a National Security College graduation ceremony. – Photo: Gideon Markowicz

The prime minister further noted, “I think this has another advantage. We have always said that the moment we solve or make progress or have a breakthrough in peaceful relations with the Palestinians, we’ll be able to achieve peaceful relations with the entire Arab world. There’s no doubt this is always true — but more and more, I think this process could also run in the opposite direction: The normalization, or advancement of relations with the Arab world could help to promote a sober and stable peace between us and the Palestinians.”

Netanyahu also said there has been “revolution” in Israel’s relations with “important Arab countries” and that preservation of peace with Egypt and Jordan was “essential to our future.”

 

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http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=34957

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