On Thursday, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the “Jewish state” would not tolerate anti-Semitic sentiment, warning that Israel was facing a new wave of anti/anti-Semitism and would not allow it to spread to other parts of the world.
“We will never allow this to happen, and we will not allow this wave to take hold in any part of the Middle East or anywhere else in the world,” Netanyahu said during a visit to the southern city of Beit Shemesh.
“And I don’t think we have any choice but to stop it.
We must be vigilant.
We will not let this wave of bigotry take hold.”
Netanyahu, who was in Israel to hold talks with US President Donald Trump, made the remarks during a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
He also said he was confident that US officials would work with Israel to tackle the problem.
“There is no place for anti-Israel bias in our relations with Israel,” Netanyahu added.
“I have to say that I am optimistic,” he added. “
This is the message that we are sending to all of the people of Israel, especially the youth, the young people of the country.”
“I have to say that I am optimistic,” he added.
The Israeli leader’s comments came days after US President Trump visited the US on Friday and pledged to build a “great wall” to keep out terrorists from entering the US, saying that he would soon be moving to build the wall along the southern border.
“When you build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than us, and everybody loves them, you know, it makes it great,” Trump said.
“So we are building a great, great wall.”
The comments were seen as a sharp rebuke to Trump’s repeated call for the US to build an “isolation wall” in the Middle Eastern country, which has been plagued by anti-Israeli sentiment and violence.
“He [Trump] said we’re going to build our own wall, but you’re building your own wall,” Netanyahu told the press, referring to the wall built in Mexico by President Vicente Fox.
“Now I’m sure we will see what happens.
We’ll see what the reaction is.
But I don’s [t] expect anything different.
I think we are going to see the same response.”
In response, Tillerson said he welcomed Netanyahu’s comments.
“The president has made clear that he supports the establishment of a Palestinian state, a state that meets all the criteria for a sovereign, independent, democratic state, Israel and the United States, including its borders,” Tillerson said.
Tillerson said that he had spoken with Netanyahu and that the US will work with Netanyahu to address the situation.
“Israel is one of our closest allies and one of the most important allies in the region, and so we are committed to working with our friends and allies to build on this relationship,” he said.
In an address to the United Nations General Assembly, Tillerson, who is currently in New York, said that the Trump administration was committed to building a “meritocratic Israel”.
“We are not going to tolerate a policy of denying Palestinians the right to self-determination and the right of return to their homes,” he told the 193-nation assembly.
“Jerusalem is an integral part of our shared national identity, and Israel is a state with a rich history, and the international community must ensure that the State of Israel maintains its unique character and values.”
“This year, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of the State Of Israel, and on the occasion, we must remember the legacy of the state that we have come to know and love,” he concluded.
The US has long sought to build its own wall on the southern frontier with Israel, as part of a strategy to limit the spread of Palestinian terror and extremist ideology.
On Thursday it was announced that the United Kingdom would open the country’s first permanent US embassy in Jerusalem, as well as the first permanent Israeli consulate in the country.
“It is a clear signal of intent by the United Sates leadership that Jerusalem is a major part of its foreign policy,” a senior US official told Reuters.
“That will have an effect on other nations who might be inclined to seek a similar policy, including Israel.”
US President Barack Obama has been under pressure to cancel plans to build Israel’s “wall” to block the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
He announced the plan in December 2015, after months of negotiations with Netanyahu.
Israel says the wall will be built on the city’s holy site of the Western Wall, a disputed area in the West Bank.
The wall will also be built to prevent attacks by Islamic State fighters on Israelis