Netanyahu to UN Secretary-General: Obey the law

Prime Minister Netanyahu raises issue of illegal construction in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv UN compound.

Mordechai Sones ,

Netanyahu (R) and Guterres
Netanyahu (R) and Guterres
Amos ben Gershom, GPO

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres met at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem.

During the meeting, Netanyahu raised the issue of Iranian armament and hegemony in Syria, and Iran's intention to build precision missile manufacturing plants in Syria and Lebanon.

The Prime Minister told Guterres that Iran and Hezbollah are violating international law by hiding behind and shooting at civilians.

"Iran and Hezbollah know in advance that they are planning two fronts of war against Israel ... It is our right not to allow the suffocating noose to tighten around Israel," Netanyahu said.

Prime Minister Netanyahu asked the UN Secretary-General to assist Israel in recovering the bodies of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, who have been held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip since Operation Protective Edge.

In his conversation with Guterres, Netanyahu also raised the issue of illegal construction in the UN's Armon Hanatziv compound in Jerusalem, saying that the UN should obey the rules for construction and Israeli law. At the meeting, it was agreed that Israel and the United Nations would try to arrive at a negotiated solution that would respect Israeli law.

In the afternoon, Netanyahu and Secretary General Guterres will participate in an Israeli innovation event at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.