Netanyahu Spells Out Israeli Security Concerns to Gates

(AFP) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday underscored security concerns that would need to be addressed in any peace initiatives, in talks with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates in Washington. Netanyahu told Gates that Israel would want assurances that a Palestinian state would not be able to smuggle in heavy weaponry, such as rockets. Gates' press secretary, Geoff Morrell, said the "conversation focused largely on our efforts to help Israel continue to bolster its security in the face of regional threats." "In addition to ongoing efforts to assist Israel's deployment of systems to protect against ballistic missile and rocket attacks, Secretary Gates committed to also help Israel develop new defenses against emerging threats to its security."

2010-07-08 07:58:31

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