Benjamin Netanyahu Responds to David Cameron's Criticism of Israel

(New York Times) Isabel Kershner - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel responded sharply on Thursday to British Prime Minister David Cameron's stinging assertion that he found Israel's construction in east Jerusalem "genuinely shocking." "My friend David Cameron, who is undoubtedly a friend of Israel, seems to have forgotten a few basic facts about Jerusalem," Netanyahu said. "Only Israeli sovereignty" prevented the Islamic State "and Hamas from igniting the holy sites, as they are doing all over the Middle East. Only Israeli sovereignty guarantees the Arab residents of the city roads, clinics, employment and all the other trappings of normal life that their brethren do not enjoy elsewhere in the Middle East." Israel "maintains the rule of law for all, something that doesn't exist in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Libya, or in large parts of the Middle East, including the Palestinian Authority and Gaza. It is important that our friends in Europe remember that simple fact."

2016-02-26 00:00:00

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