Netanyahu tells Blinken Israel will remain ‘a strong democracy’

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) meets with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Jerusalem on January 30, 2023. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) meets with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Jerusalem on January 30, 2023. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

In remarks at a press conference alongside US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu focuses primarily on the Iranian threat.

“Most of the international community have seen the true face of Iran,” he says.

“We’ve had very good discussions on forging a common policy,” says Netanyahu, “on trying to work together to thwart the danger.”

Referencing his desire to achieve peace with other Arab countries – Saudi Arabia first and foremost – Netanyahu says that the two countries are working together to “achieve dramatic breakthroughs that would be historic and enormously significant in our common efforts to bring security prosperity and peace to this part of the world and beyond.”

Netanyahu does reference the Palestinians, which Israeli officials often avoid alongside world leaders. He says that Israel is “working to close the file of the Arab-Israeli conflict that would also help us find a solution with our Palestinian neighbors.”

“We share common interests, and common values,” says Netanyahu, speaking before Blinken. “We will remain, I assure you, two strong democracies.”

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