"My friend David Cameron, who is undoubtedly a friend of Israel, probably forgot some basic facts about Jerusalem," said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Thursday, in answer to the British premier’s criticism of Israeli construction of Jerusalem. "Only Israeli sovereignty prevents ISIS and Hamas from setting fire to the holy sites in the city, like they do elsewhere across the Middle East."

Speaking at a Likud party conference, Netanyahu noted too that “only Israeli sovereignty guarantees the rule of law for everyone, something that doesn’t exist in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Libya or other wide parts of the Middle East, including the Palestinian Authority and also Gaza," Netanyahu said. It guarantees Arab citizens roads, clinics and workplaces. “It is important that our friends in Europe remember this simple fact,” he said.