European help for Palestinians 'endangers Israel': Netanyahu

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (R) welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Palazzo Chigi on December 15, 2014 in RomeIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday that European support for a Palestinian bid at the UN to force an Israeli military withdrawal could harm his country as the US sought to head of a diplomatic crisis. “I said that the attempts of the Palestinians and of several European countries to force conditions on Israel will only lead to a deterioration in the regional situation and will endanger Israel,” he said in a statement. The comments followed almost three hours of talks in Rome between Netanyahu and US Secretary of State John Kerry, who jetted across Europe on Monday for a hectic round of meetings. A State Department official said Kerry and Netanyahu “had a long and thorough discussion about Israel’s security and developments at the United Nations”.

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