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In meeting with Romanian PM, Netanyahu says EU doesn’t understand changing Middle East

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‘’We’re in a period of peace. We are making peace. We made peace and normalization agreements with three Arab countries in six weeks. So obviously they have a different view of the situation here in the Middle East than some of the traditional bureaucracies of the EU,’’ Israel’s Prime Minister  said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked his visiting Romanian counterpart Ludovic Orban ‘’for helping us present a sensible case to the EU.’’

“The changing circumstances in the Middle East are advancing peace and prosperity for all,” Netanyahu told his Romanian counterpart who was on a visit in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Referring to Israel’s recent peace agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan, Netanyahu said that these countries “obviously have a different view of the situation in the Middle East than some of the traditional bureaucracies of the E.U.”

‘’We’re in a period of peace. We are making peace. We made peace and normalization agreements with three Arab countries in six weeks. So obviously they have a different view of the situation here in the Middle East than some of the traditional bureaucracies of the EU,’’ he said.

He added: ‘’I think we will continue to value your assistance in explaining to the EU the changing circumstances in the Middle East that are advancing peace and prosperity for all.’’

Netanyahu stressed that frienship ‘’has been very, very powerful between the people of Israel and the people of Romania. We have hundreds of thousands of Romanians who came to Israel, and they’re a human bridge.’’

He continued: “We are committed not only to our common past but to a future. And the future belongs to those who innovate,” he said. “Innovation is the key to assuring the prosperity, safety and health of our people in the future. And in this, Israel and Romania are cooperating in many fields: in cybersecurity, water management, agriculture, health, space and many other areas.”

“But the most important thing,” he stressed, “is that our business sectors, our business people, our entrepreneurs … cooperate. And for this purpose, we’re going to sign today a treaty on avoiding double taxation, which from my experience has always enhanced trade and investments in a very rapid way. So, I think this is very good news for Romania and for Israel.”

The Romanian Prime Minister also met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin who  thanked him for his personal friendship and Romania’s strong stance against antisemitism, both at home and across Europe.

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