PM offers counter-terrorism expertise to Colombia

Netanyahu tells Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Israel has foiled five suicide attacks, 30 kidnapping attempts in past year.

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June 11, 2013 21:46
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Prime Minister Netanyahu and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon, Jerusalem, June 11.

Netanyahu and Columbian PM. (photo credit: (Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

 
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“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 terrorism.

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“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 Santos.

In a reference to recent debates in the United Nations, Netanyahu applauded Columbia for “refusing to join the automatic anti-Israel majority.”

Santos is in Israel for an official visit that began on Sunday.

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.

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“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.”

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