Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held a press conference Monday afternoon, speaking of Israel's accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
He thanked the OECD’s secretary general, saying Angel Gurria had taken it "as a personal goal to lead the process [of Israel’s inclusion into the OECD], and we owe him a debt of gratitude."
Netanyahu stressed the international diplomatic significance of the vote, especially “at a time when we keep hearing lamentations over Israel’s international isolation." Thanking the 31 member states "for voting for our joining the
organization. Any one of them could have voted ‘no’ and vetoed our
inclusion. They chose not to do so,” he said.