Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his handling of relations with the US in his speech at the opening of the Knesset’s winter session on Monday.
“Both US Presidential candidates invited me to the White House right after the elections,” Netanyahu stated, saying that the invitations were a sign of good relations between Israel and the US.
“The American people love Israel because we share the same values,” the prime minister stated.
Discussing instability in the region, Netanyahu said that “the middle east is turbulent and unstable, there is only one policy that will ensure the future of peace and hope and that is Israel.”
Netanyahu touted Israel’s improving relations with the Arab world, stating that the development could eventually be a gateway to peace with the Arabs. “The Arab world could bring the Palestinians to the negotiating table, instead of the opposite,” he said.
“Some on the Left want to give up land right away, but in the Middle East we must be strong,” he added.
Netanyahu also spoke of the formation of the new Israel Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) and the crisis surrounding it, stating that “We will rehabilitate the Israel Broadcasting Corporation with budgetary responsibility.”