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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Knesset members on Monday that he had recently been in contact with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi on matters concerning Israel’s security.
Speaking at a special parliamentary session initiated by the opposition, the prime minister said that Israel was not experiencing a political tsunami, but rather a “political renaissance.”
In an effort to bolster his claims of diplomatic prowess, the prime minister went on to cite a series of recent diplomatic developments with other countries including the United States, Japan, China and India. Netanyahu noted that he had received a letter from U.S. President Donald Trump, who had acknowledged Israel’s support of the U.S. in talks to change the nuclear agreement with Iran.
He said that he received an invitation from the Japanese prime minister to make an official visit to the country by the end of the year, and mentioned friendly relations with the prime minister of India and the president and China.
“With regard to what is happening in our region,” he continued, “we are not missing political opportunities – we are creating opportunities,” adding that he could not elaborate.
“I can only say that we stand shoulder to shoulder with countries in the moderate camp in the Arab world in the face of the dangers of radical Islam, and that this stabilization and this rapprochement is good for security and peace.”
In light of the escalating tensions on Israel’s border with Syria, Netanyahu added: “Our friends in Washington and Moscow know that we will act to preserve our security and preserve our country according to our interests.”
Opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog took the podium after the prime minister, saying that Netanyahu would be “afraid to make peace” had he been at the helm when Israel signed its peace treaty with Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat almost 40 years ago.