In the most pro-American speech heard from any Israeli leader of late, Binyamin Netanyahu praised President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry when he addressed the AIPAC conference in Washington Tuesday. US-Israeli friendship was at its highest point, he said, We work night and day for a lasting peace with the Palestinians that will promise stable security arrangements and mutual recognition of our national states, he stressed, calling again on the Palestinians to acknowledge Israel as the Jewish national state.
Referring to Mahmoud Abbas’s proposal for the deployment of international forces on the West Bank and Jordan Valley, the prime minister said: “We will not gamble with our security.”

On Iran, Netanyahu asked: If Iran has nothing to hide, why are UN inspectors denied access to its nuclear facilities, and why does it insist on developing ballistic missiles whose only use is the delivery of nuclear-armed warheads?