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Netanyahu Leads National Security Advisers Meeting

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25 Jun 2019
Netanyahu Leads National Security Advisers Meeting
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presided over a trilateral meeting at the Orient Hotel in Jerusalem on Tuesday. During his opening comments, with Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, US National Security Adviser John Bolton and the Secretary of the Russian National Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev seated next to him, Netanyahu said the summit was “historic because it’s the first meeting between our three countries’ national security advisors in our capital, Jerusalem. I want to thank President Trump and President Putin for agreeing to hold this security summit and for sending their most senior advisors. I deeply value the strong relationships that Israel has with both leaders and both countries.”

Here is the video of his full remarks

Before the meetings began, Bolton told reporters that “The threat of a nuclear Iran is very real,” and that the US could not lift sanctions as long as Iran has "blown through key agreements in the nuclear deal." In response to a question about the decision by Palestinian factions to boycott the “deal of the century” economic discussions in Bahrain this week, he said “I think it’s a mistake for the Palestinians to boycott.” The trilateral meeting, Bolton said to Netanyahu, “is a tribute to your leadership and a recognition of the central role that Israel does and must play in securing international peace and security…through your strong relationships with both [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin and President Trump, there is a substantially greater prospect for coordination of our perspective policies in order to achieve a secure and lasting peace in the region.”

Patrushev said during his own remarks to the press that the Kremlin puts “special attention on ensuring Israel’s security” for many reasons including the nearly two million citizens of Israel with roots in the former Soviet Union. He added that although Russia is sympathetic to Israel’s concerns about Iran’s presence in neighboring Syria “in order to solve the situation in Syria, there is a need to restore peace in the region and in Syria. To achieve those goals, steps are needed to ensure internal order in Syria and the destruction of the terrorist groups that still remain there.”

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