Netanyahu: Europe is undermining its own security by undermining Israel.

During meeting with Visegrad Group in Hungary, PM criticized EU conditional relationship with Israel; Refers to double standard as “crazy” and undermining Europe’s interests

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Prime Minister Netanyahu criticized the European Union for its conditional relations with Israel during a meeting with the Visegrad Group in Hungary on Wednesday.

Netanyahu arrived in Hungary on Monday, meeting with Prime Minister Orban, as well as with the prime ministers of Czech, Slovakia and Poland. He then held a meeting the Visegrad Group, meeting with business CEO’s to “discuss economic and business terms” of future cooperation.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s comments were reportedly accidentally broadcast to reporters from the closed session, Netanyahu criticizing the European Union’s conditional relationship with Israel.

Netanyahu stated “The European Union is the only international organization that conditions relations with Israel, which gives it technology, on political considerations. Nobody else does that… Russia does not make political conditions and neither does Africa. Only the EU makes it conditional. It’s crazy. It is against Europe’s interests.”

He referred to China and India, both of which have strong, economic cooperation with Israel, stating “We have a special relationship with China. And they don’t care. They don’t care about the political issues,” then quoting Prime Minister Modi of India “Modi told me, ‘I have to take care of India’s interests, and where will I get that? In Ramallah?’”

Netanyahu stated that the EU’s stance on Israel has no logic and undermines Israel’s security, stating “There is no logic here. The EU is undermining its security by undermining Israel. Europe is undermining its progress by undermining its connection with Israeli innovation by a crazy attempt to create conditions.”

The prime minister then stated “I suggest that you deliver a message to your colleagues in Europe about how to help Europe.” He called on the EU to stop undermining “the only country in the region that takes care of Europe’s interests,” adding “Stop attacking Israel. Support Israel. Europe is dissociating itself from the biggest center of innovation in the world. It makes no sense. Europe is undermining its own security by undermining Israel. Because of a crazy attempt to institute political conditions… I think Europe has to decide if it wants to live and thrive or if it wants to shrivel and disappear.”

Netanyahu meets with Orban in Hungary ahead of meetings with four European heads of state Wednesday

Netanyahu met with Orban in Hungary, both give addresses centered on Israel-Hungary relations and combatting anti-Semitism; Orban refers to Hungary’s role in WW2 as a “sin”; Netanyahu to meet with prime ministers of Czech, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia Wednesday

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Prime Minister Netanyahu traveled to Hungary Monday, meeting withPrime Minister Viktor Orban ahead of meetings with the prime ministers of Czech, Slovakia and Poland.

Their meeting was one of several meetings Prime Minister Netanyahu had with European leaders this week as he continuous to increase European-Israel relations, particular in the areas of business, energy, security and agriculture.

Following their meeting in Budapest, both leaders gave an address to the press.

Prime Minister Orban spoke of the history of Jewish persecution in Hungary, speaking of the 600,000 Hungarian Jews who were killed during the Holocaust.

Orban stated on Hungary’s role of exterminating Jews during World War II “During World War Two Hungary did not honor this moral and political obligation. That is a crime, because we chose collaboration with the Nazis over the defense of the Jewish community. That can never happen again. The Hungarian government will defend all of its citizens in the future.”

He then went on to state that during his meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu he “made it very clear to the prime minister” that Jews in Hungary are safe and secure and that “being Hungarian citizens that they are, will be fully guaranteed by the Hungarian state.” He added that “I’ve also made it very clear to the Prime Minister that the Hungarian government has a zero tolerance policy against all forms of anti-Semitism, adding that Hungary is “proud of the “And this is something that we are proud “renaissance of Jewish life” in Hungary as it “is a substantial contribution to the common achievements of the Hungarian nation quite clearly.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu then spoke, referring to Hungary as “in many ways, the birth of modern Zionism, the movement that led to the establishment of the modern Jewish state because in Hungary was born our modern Moses, Theodore Herzl.

He then spoke Israel’s increasing relations with Hungary, announcing his meeting with business CEO’s from both Israel and Hungary (Visegrad Group) to “discuss economic and business terms” of future cooperation.

He then thanked Hungary for defending the Jewish state, thanking Orban for “standing up for Israel in international forums. You’ve done that time and again. We appreciate this stance, not only because it’s standing with Israel, but it’s also standing with the truth.

Orban was the second leader to address anti-Semitism with Prime Minister Netanyahu this week. On Monday, Netanyahu finished his tour in France where he met with President Macron, the prime ministers taking part in a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Parisian Jews to the extermination camps. Macron stated during his address at the ceremony “We will never surrender to the messages of hate; we will not surrender to anti-Zionism because it is a reinvention of anti-Semitism.”

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Netanyahu will hold a meeting with senior members of the Visegrad Group/Four, the Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovakian alliance.

On Wednesday Netanyahu will hold meetings with Prime Minister Bohuslav of Czech, Poland’s Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and Prime Minister Robert Fico of Slovakia, the meetings centered on business and diplomatic cooperation.

Netanyahu in France: Israel cannot allow the establishment of the Iran’s military and its proxies in Syria

PM and Macron meet in Paris, participate in ceremony for 75th anniversary of French Jewish deportation to concentration camps; Netanyahu addressed US-Russia ceasefire, Temple Mount security; Macron focuses on two-state solution

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Prime Minister Netanyahu met with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Sunday as part of his tour to France and Hungary this week.

Their meeting centered on bilateral relations, security and economic cooperation with both leaders addressing the press.

Both leaders and their wives participated in a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Parisian Jews to the extermination camps, Macron vocally confirming that the French were responsible for rounding up its Jews stating “There are those who say Vichy wasn’t France. It’s true that Vichy wasn’t all of France, but Vichy was the government of France and the French establishment. It was responsible for deporting French Jews, and not the Germans.”

He then referred to anti-Zionism as the “reinvention of anti-Semitism”, stating “We will never surrender to the messages of hate; we will not surrender to anti-Zionism because it is a reinvention of anti-Semitism.”

Addressing the press following their meeting, Macron called on the resumption of peace talks and two states with Jerusalem as its shared capital. He warned that settlement activity could hinder the peace process, stating “I call for a resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in the framework of the search for a solution of two states, Israel and Palestine, living in recognized, secure borders with Jerusalem as the capital.”

He also condemned the terror attacks in Jerusalem Friday.

Prime Minister Netanyahu then addressed his opposition to the United States-Russian brokered ceasefire in Syria, as it would allow Iran to increase its military efforts and presence in Syria- a major threat to Israel’s security.

Netanyahu stated that the ceasefire “cannot allow the establishment of the Iran’s military and its proxies in Syria and especially not south Syria.”

He also addressed criticism from the Arab world regarding increased security at the Temple Mount. Following a terror attack on Friday in which two soldiers were killed, Israel has placed metal detectors and cameras at the entrance to the Temple Mount.

Prayer on the Temple Mount for Muslims resumed on Sunday with prayer for Jews resuming on Monday. Prime Minister Netanyahu has been clear that “It is essential that we won’t let this volatile place explode. We must be smart about that, to avoid any other such attack. So the [security] measures that we are installing there are important.’’

Netanyahu to meet with Macron in Paris

PM to travel to Paris, followed by Hungary. Netanyahu: It is very important for us to also deepen relations with countries in Europe.”

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Prime Minister Netanyahu will travel to Paris Sunday to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Netanyahu will visit with Macron and French officials, as well as participate in a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the French deportation of Jews to Poland.

He will then travel to Hungary where he will meet with several European heads-of-state.

Prime Minister Netanyahu stated ahead of traveling to Paris “This evening I am leaving for Paris to meet with President Macron. Tomorrow we will participate in a very moving ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Parisian Jews to the extermination camps. This was the first step in the broad extermination of French Jewry.”

On his visit to Hungary he stated, “I will then go on to Budapest to meet with Hungarian, Polish, Czech and Slovakian leaders. While we are strengthening ties with countries on five continents – Asia, Africa, Australia, North America and South America, it is very important for us to also deepen relations with countries in Europe.”

Terrorists in Jerusalem shot and killed two Israeli policemen Friday

Two killed and one injured; Terrorists neutralized; Israeli Arabs in Umm al-Fahm erect mourner’s tent; Israeli police remove tent; Netanyahu: In the framework of our policy of maintaining the status-quo, we will gradually open the Temple Mount, but with increased security measures.”

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Two Israeli policemen were killed and a third injured in a terror attack in Old City Jerusalem Friday morning.

Three terrorists, all Arab Israelis from the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm, not far from Haifa, opened fired on policemen close to the Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem. The terrorists were chased down and shot and killed close to the Temple Mount.

The victims in the attack were border police Staff Sgt. Maj. Kamil Shnaan, 22, from Maghar and Sgt. Maj. Ha’il Sitawe, 30, a Druze from Maghar.

Arab residents from Umm al-Fahm set up mourner’s tents for the terrorists shortly after, the Israeli police removing the tents and dispersing the crowds Friday.

The terror attacks were also misreported in international media, newspapers emphasizing injured Palestinians or referring to the attack as “police confrontation”.

The Palestinian Authority condemned the attack, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking with Prime Minister Netanyahu on Friday. Abbas expressed his “strong rejection and condemnation of the incident that took place at the holy al-Aksa Mosque,” calling on the Israeli government to reopen the Temple Mount on Sunday morning.

The White House also condemned the attacks, releasing a statement “the Holy City of Jerusalem, which means ‘City of Peace’, became a scene of terror. There must be zero tolerance for terrorism. It is incompatible with achieving peace and we must condemn it in the strongest terms, defeat it, and eradicate it.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the events, as well as the “mourning tent” stating “Before the onset of Shabbat, [Sabbath] I spoke with the parents of our two heroic policemen who were murdered on the Temple Mount. I sent them a hug from every citizen of Israel and participation in their awful grief. Also before Shabbat I directed that the mourners’ tents of the families of the contemptible murderers be destroyed.

He announced new security for the Temple Mount and Old City, stating “This evening I held a discussion with the top security leadership and I instructed that metal detectors be placed at the entrance gates to the Temple Mount. We will also install security cameras on poles outside the Temple Mount but which give almost complete control over what goes on there. I decided that as of tomorrow, in the framework of our policy of maintaining the status-quo, we will gradually open the Temple Mount, but with increased security measures.”

Israel and Palestinian Authority agree to historic water deal brokered Trump Administration

Israel & PA water agreement made; Greenblatt announced deal; Greenblatt: Working towards achieving a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians is a top priority for him

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Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a historic agreement on water, the deal brokered by the Trump Administration’s delegation.

The deal on the Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal was confirmed and announced on Thursday by Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt.

Greenblatt has been in Israel all week alongside United States Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. Both have been in meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials through out the week, with two deals struck this week alone.

This is the second agreement made this week, the first made on the inauguration of the first ever Palestinian-owned electricity infrastructure.

Speaking at a press conference Thursday, Greenblatt announced the agreement, stating “As we all know, water is a precious commodity in the Middle East. The US welcomes the agreement reached between the PA and the government of Israel which will allow for the sale of 33 million cubic meters of water from Israel to the PA [Palestinian Authority].”

He added, “In addition, we hope that this deal will contribute to the healing of the Dead Sea, and that it will help not only Palestinians and Israelis, but Jordanians, as well.”

On the Trump Administration’s efforts in resuming peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, he stated “President Trump has made it clear that working towards achieving a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians is a top priority for him. This agreement is an example of the parties working together to make a mutually beneficial deal,” adding “this is the second important deal reached between Israelis and Palestinians this week, the first being the agreement to energize the Jenin electrical substation which was signed on Monday.”

He called the deal an additional example of “cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians”, stating that the agreement “came about with the strong support of the Trump Administration and other international partners and provides another example of cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians that will lead to economic improvements in the lives of Palestinians who have now, in the span of one week, benefited from agreements that provide key improvements in the areas of water and electricity.”

Details of the agreement were not given yet, Greenblatt not taking questions after the press conference.