Netanyahu warns Arab countries not to reject Trump peace plan - report

February 17, 2019 07:21
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks as he meets with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks as he meets with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Warsaw, Poland, February 14, 2019. (photo credit: REUTERS/KACPER PEMPEL)


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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Arab countries not to reject the Trump peace plan before it is presented.

Netanyahu's comments to Arab leaders at last week's conference in Warsaw were revealed on a secret tape that was aired Sunday morning by KAN News.
“We will wait to see what the plan will look like that will be presented after the Israeli elections,” Netanyahu said. “As you can imagine, that takes up a little bit of my time now. We await the presentation of that plan.

“I don’t think any of us should reject the plan by the American administration before it is even presented.”

Netanyahu told Arab leaders during the same meeting that Israel knew peace was a "one-way street."

“For Israel to be at peace or normalize relations with the broader Arab world, we must have Israel and Palestinian peace,” he said. “Since peace was not forthcoming, we were stuck with no options.”

But, the prime minister said, this is beginning to change.

“Of course, it is true, if we make progress and have formal peace with Palestinians, it will help us with the Arab world," Netanyahu said, "and I would say with parts of the Muslim world. A larger peace can be achieved. When we meet with Arab leaders and we talk about organizing the ability to move in the Middle East, to fly over countries in the Middle East, to have economic relations - that actually contributes to the achievement of a broad peace and an Israeli-Palestinian peace,” the PM said.

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir responded by saying solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would go a long way to “turn down emotions and set the stage for stronger cooperation for countries in the region.”

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