Netanyahu responds to Trump: Will Palestine be Costa Rica or Iran? 

Source: Netanyahu responds to Trump: Will Palestine be Costa Rica or Iran? – International news – Jerusalem Post

I told the president that what is important is that the Palestinians won’t be able to threaten us, and for that reason there must be complete Israeli security control.”

BY JERUSALEM POST STAFF
 SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 19:16
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Speaking with reporters Wednesday after his meeting with US President Donald Trump at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he does not know the timeline of the publication of Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

“I am not in charge of the time-line of the United States,” Netanyahu said. “They will publish the plan when they decide to do so. I presume that they are also discussing it with Arab states.”

Speaking to reporters before his meeting with Netanyahu, Trump backed a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“I think that’s what works best,” Trump told the prime minister, repeating his support several times.

The president had previously equivocated on the two-state solution, which has long been the preferred end state for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His Middle East peace team, which was present, has yet to use the term in public or in private to describe the framework of their plan.

That plan, Trump said, should be ready in “two to three to four months.”

In his remarks to reporters, Netanyahu said that he was not surprised at Trump’s statement in support of the two-state solution. “I told the president that what is important is that the Palestinians won’t be able to threaten us, and for that reason there must be complete Israeli security control.”

Netanyahu also said that he had discussed Russia’s pledge to supply Syria with S-300 anti-aircraft missiles with the president.

“I received everything that I asked for regarding the recent events vis a vis Russia,” Netanyahu said. “The President immediately gave detailed directions to his advisors. I am very pleased with the meeting, and received his unmitigated support for Israel.”

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday that Moscow will supply an S-300 anti-missile system to Syria within two weeks. The announcement came a week after the ministry accused Israel of indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military plane in Syria that killed 15 servicemen.

During his address to the Security Council earlier in the day, Trump warned Iran on Wednesday that his administration will soon go beyond previous sanctions regimes by imposing the “toughest” financial penalties ever designed.

“The Iranian regime exports violence, terror and turmoil. It illicitly procures sensitive items to advance its ballistic missile program,” Trump said, calling on international partners to pressure Iran to end its missile work. The president once again criticized a nuclear deal with Iran endorsed by the council three years ago as a “horrible, one-sided deal allowed Iran to continue its path to a bomb and gave Iran a financial lifeline when they needed it the most.”

Michael Wilner contributed to this report.

 

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