Netanyahu to Macron:
'Our partnership is important for Europe's security'

Prime Minister meets French President, stresses importance of fixing the flaws of the Iran deal.

Elad Benari,

Netanyahu and Macron
Netanyahu and Macron
Amos Ben Gershom/GPO

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met on Wednesday evening with French President Emmanuel Macron at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

"Our partnership is also important for the security of Europe," Netanyahu told Macron, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office.

The two men spoke at length about the need to stand up to Iran's regional aggression.

Prime Minister Netanyahu opined that it is impossible to leave the nuclear deal with Iran as is, because within a few years the agreement will lead to the nuclearization of Iran.

He clarified Israel's commitment to prevent this nuclearization and reiterated his opinion that it is necessary to deal with the flaws in the agreement.

Macron highlighted the need to reach an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and stressed the importance of the “two-state solution”.

"I think what we have to do is to work fairly on a peace process in the short run," he said, adding that the goal is recognition of two states with Jerusalem as the capital of both.

Earlier on Wednesday, Netanyahu met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Following the meeting, the Prime Minister said, "It was an important meeting. Of course we discussed the nuclear agreement with Iran. I said that in my view the only existing option at the moment is to put in real – not cosmetic – changes that will prevent Iran from going nuclear which would otherwise be assured by the agreement as it stands.”

“I also expressed my appreciation for Chancellor Merkel's genuine commitment to the security of Israel. She said that she understands our concerns regarding the nuclear agreement even though she does not necessarily agree with the way in which we want to deal with it. To this end the Europeans will hold discussions among themselves, and with the US, but she understands that this touches on our concerns, the things that could threaten our very existence. She has proven this commitment in the past at various opportunities. I am satisfied that our positions have been well-understood," continued Netanyahu.

On Thursday, Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Davos. This will be the first meeting between the prime minister and the president since Trump's declaration on December 6 that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. The meeting was coordinated following Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Israel.




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