In Rome, Netanyahu says he welcomes ‘all initiatives’ for compromise, including Herzog’s
Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter
ROME — Speaking in Rome’s Spanish Synagogue, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offers a message of unity, saying: “We are all brothers. Brothers and sisters.”
He says he welcomes “all initiatives” to find agreement and common ground, including that of President Isaac Herzog, who gave a speech just after the prime minister landed in Italy.
“We must remember that especially these days, days of argument and debate within Israel — we must remember we are one nation with a common future,” he says to applause.
He says bilateral ties with Italy have never been better, and that they will be better after his visit. Netanyahu also pledges to stop Iran’s nuclear program. He says he is working to expand ties with more Arab nations, mentioning Saudi Arabia by name, but saying that the decision ultimately lies with the leadership in Riyadh.
He finishes by returning to the refrain: “We are brothers and sisters.”