PM addresses US-Israel relations ahead of elections; Netanyahu addresses global cooperation and initiatives; Confirms Russian PM visit for Thursday
Prime Minister Netanyahu focused on Israel’s increase in cooperative relations internationally during his weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Sunday. Netanyahu addressed talks held last week with China, the United States’ elections this coming week and alternative energy.
Netanyahu also confirmed a scheduled visit this week from Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. He stated “This week Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will visit Israel. These talks reflect the continued tightening of bilateral relations with Russia. The following week President Reuven Rivlin will visit India to continue tightening relations with that important country. All of these reflect the strengthening of Israel’s position on the international plane, which stems from our special capabilities in security, the economic sphere and in technology.”
Ahead of elections in the United States Tuesday, Netanyahu stated “Whoever is elected, the new president, I am convinced that US-Israel relations, which are solid and strong, will not only remain as such, but will further strengthen.” Addressing media reports that the Obama Administration may press the United Nations to intervene on the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, he stated “We also expect that the US will remain faithful to the principle that it has set over many years, that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute can be resolved only by direct negotiations without preconditions, and of course, not in decisions by the UN or other international institutions. I would like to note that the alliance with the US is the first, most fundamental and most important of all of our relationships. Thus it has been and thus it will continue.”
He spoke of last week’s meetings with the NDRC, stating “Israel is developing relations with many other countries including the world’s major powers. Last week, the Chinese government’s highest organ, the NDRC was here and held a series of very productive talks.”
On relations with Africa and South America, specifically in the areas of clean energy, he stated “We also have relations, of course, with many other countries, in Africa, Latin America and in other places as well. One of the things we have been giving special attention to over the past five years is to find alternatives to fuels for use in public transportation. The use of gasoline, petroleum, is mostly for public transportation. We are trying to promote the global liberation from this dependence and Israel is becoming a global leader in finding alternatives for petroleum-based fuels. We are doing this in order to create a cleaner, healthier and better world.”