Netanyahu and Columbian PM.
(photo credit: (Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
“Israel has foiled five suicide attacks and over 30 kidnapping attempts” in the
past year, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told visiting Colombian President
Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday.
During a press conference in Jerusalem,
the prime minister said he was happy to offer Israel’s expertise in
counter-terrorism to Colombia, given the two nations’ “common battle” against
“You are, like us, a democracy that fights terrorism. We want
to assist you, in every way that we can, given our experience,” Netanyahu told
In a reference to recent debates in the United Nations
applauded Columbia for “refusing to join the automatic anti-Israel
Santos is in Israel for an official visit that began on
Santos said: “We have had a long struggle, more than 50 years
also, and we have also learned how to defend ourselves and how to defend
ourselves and how to fight terrorism.”
Relating to the
Israeli-Palestinian peace-process, he drew parallels with Columbia, who has been
fighting an insurgency led by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, also
known as FARC, since 1964.
“As you know, we are right now in a peace
process, we have been advancing, and if there is goodwill from the counterpart,
I hope that we can strike a deal,” Santos said.
He said that he hoped for
the same in Israel, reaffirming that Colombia has “always been for the idea of
two states and for the idea of negotiating a deal for peace between the
Palestinians and Israel.”