Netanyahu says European countries ‘spoil’ Palestinians

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Palestinians are “spoiled” by the European Union, and says that US President Donald Trump told them “the truth” when he declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

Speaking to reporters just before leaving Brussels, Netanyahu says the latest flareup in tensions is rooted in Arab anti-Semitism, and not the settlement enterprise, or the change in US policy toward Jerusalem.

“The refusal to recognize a nation-state for the Jewish people in any boundaries is the source of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” he says.

“The argument that at the heart of our conflict are settlements is not true,” Netanyahu adds. “The opposition to Zionism started before the settlements and it continues after they’re dismantled.”

“It’s time to say these things,” Netanyahu told the reporters, minutes before he took off. “I said that without addressing the root of the conflict we will remain without progress.”

The Palestinians are “spoiled” by the Europeans, the prime minister says. “Trump told them the truth.”

— Raphael Ahren

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