Netanyahu: The world sees Israel as a highly sought-after commodity

The negative picture the media paints of Israel’s international standing is the “complete opposite” of reality, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, explaining that contrary to media portrayal, Israel is in fact “highly sought after.”

At Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu briefed ministers on his meetings with world leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week.

The prime minister said, “I met with Argentine President Mauricio Macri, who told me unequivocally: ‘We are turning a new leaf with Israel. Our interests and our values make this partnership necessary. Therefore, we are beginning a new era.'”

“I also met with the prime minister of Ethiopia, a very strong African country that seeks to enhance relations with us. Of course, I also met with many friends such as the leader of Azerbaijan and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, a close friend of Israel, and many other leaders, including the heads of major global corporations,” Netanyahu continued.

“I was at a cyber forum along with the leaders of global cyber companies and companies that are dealing with the cyber problem. They asked me, as the prime minister of Israel, to describe what we are doing and there is great desire to learn from us and cooperate with us in this field, in all scientific fields, and — of course — in the fight against terrorism.

“This is the complete opposite of what is being described in our media, this is another angle to the negative trends against us within international organizations. Between countries and companies, the largest companies in the world view Israel as a highly sought-after commodity. They want everything we can offer, both in terms of security and in many other areas.”