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Netanyahu: Arab nations more realistic than EU

(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the World Economic Forum on Thursday, Jan. 21 that a number of Arab nations are becoming more realistic about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than many European Union countries. “Saudi Arabia recognizes that Israel is an ally rather than an enemy because of the two principle threats that threaten them, Iran and Daesh (Islamic State),” Netanyahu said during an onstage interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in Davos, Switzerland. “Obviously, Israel and the Sunni Arab states are not on opposite sides,” he said, adding, “I have one request, that the EU policy vis a vis Israel and the Palestinians merely reflect now the prevailing Arab policy to Israel and the Palestinians. There is a great shift taking place…we used to think that if we solved the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it would solve the larger Israeli-Arab conflict. The more I look at it, the more I think it may be the other way around. That by nurturing these relationships that are taking place now with the Arab world, that could actually help us resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and we’re actually working towards that end.”

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