Israel seeks new friends since link with US 'weakened'

Israel seeks new friends since link with US 'weakened'
Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:19:12

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that Tel Aviv urgently needs new allies in the global political arena besides Washington due to the strained ties between Israel and the US.

While the country’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was visiting Russia to lobby against a nuclear deal with Iran, currently being discussed in Geneva, Lieberman acknowledged on Wednesday, “The link between Israel and its main strategic partner the United States has weakened.”

“You can understand that. The Americans have got too many challenges North Korea, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and they've got their own domestic economic problems.”

The chief diplomat did not elaborate on the list of countries but said, that Israel should seek understanding in places “that are not dependent on money from the Arab or Islamic world and who want to cooperate with us in the field of innovation.”

Lieberman’s comments coincide with Netanyahu’s second visit to Russia this year, at which he publicly hinted he would like Iran’s nuclear issue to be dealt with using the same approach as Russia offered for Syria.

For his part, President Putin said he was hopeful of a positive outcome from the talks in Geneva, stressing that both Russia and Israel were optimistic that a “mutually acceptable resolution” could be found.

Just last week, Netanyahu met the French leader Francois Hollande, who supported an intense campaign by the Israeli PM to toughen the terms of a proposed nuclear deal.

In the meantime, the P5+1 negotiations have been resumed in Geneva with an opening plenary session and negotiations are expected to resume on Thursday.


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