FM Liberman and PM Netanyahu meet with colleagues in New York
#1 FM Liberman: Iran must not be allowed to continue to pursue its nuclear
program which is threatening the small measure of stability that still
remains in the Middle East.
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister's Bureau)
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman met on Sunday (28 September 2014) in New
York with the foreign ministers of Canada, the Czech Republic, Greece,
Austria and Rwanda. FM Liberman thanked his five colleagues for their
countries' vote last week against the anti-Israeli resolution at the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
FM Liberman discussed with his colleagues the strengthening of bilateral
relations as well as global issues. He noted that the greatest threat today
to world stability is the persistent efforts by terror organizations to
seize possession of weapons of mass destruction by taking over states. FM
Liberman told his counterparts that the free world must form a united front
to combat these efforts.
On the Palestinian issue, FM Liberman stated that the speech by Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas last Friday at the UN General Assembly
renders him irrelevant to any attempt to achieve an agreement between Israel
and the Palestinians.
On the negotiations between the world powers and Iran, FM Liberman said he
is pessimistic as to the chances of achieving a reasonable agreement, and
that Iran must not be allowed to continue to pursue its nuclear program
which is threatening the small measure of stability that still remains in
the Middle East.
#2 PM Netanyahu proposed that Israel and India cooperate in technology,
especially agriculture and water. He updated the Indian PM on the
establishment of a national cyber defense authority in Israel and proposed
bilateral contacts on the issue.
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Sunday evening (24 September 2014)
with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the first meeting between prime
ministers of Israel and India in over a decade.
Prime Minister Netanyahu raised the issue of the danger of a nuclear-armed
Iran as well as the global threat posed by Islamic terrorism. He also
proposed that Israel and India cooperate in the technology sphere,
especially in developments in agriculture and water technology. He updated
his Indian counterpart on his decision to establish a national cyber defense
authority and proposed bilateral contacts on the issue; Prime Minister
Netanyahu said that cyber would be a significant economic sector in the
At the start of his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Modi, Prime Minister
Netanyahu said, "I'm delighted to meet you Mr. Prime Minister. This is an
opportunity for Israel and India to expand further our relationship. We are
two old peoples, some of the oldest in the nations on earth but we are also
two democracies, we're proud of our rich traditions but we're also eager to
seize the future. I believe that if we work together we can do so with
benefits to both our peoples. So in that spirit it's a wonderful opportunity
to see you here and I would like to invite you to come to Israel. I know
you've been there before, it will be a pleasure to welcome you again, we're
very excited by the prospects of greater and greater ties with India, we
think the sky is the limit."
Indian Prime Minister Modi replied, "I agree with you that India-Israel
relations are historical. I met this morning with the people from the Jewish
community, American Jewish Committee, and they all appreciated that there is
a deep recognition in Israel that India is the only country where
antisemitism has never been allowed to come up, where Jews have never
suffered and lived as an integral part of our society. There was a time in
the city of Mumbai that Hebrew was officially taught in the university and
even one of the mayors of Mumbai city was from a Jewish family."