Israelis hope that with the leadership of President Donald Trump, an effort to fight terrorism can be successful, and also that peace can be reached at last with the Palestinians, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said Monday.
"We see today that the Saudis, the Gulf countries, the moderate Arab countries share the same concern that we have, and we hope that with the leadership of President Trump, will be able to fight together, those radical forces," Danon told Fox News' "Happening Now."
To Israel, peace in the Middle East would mean restarting negotiations and sitting down with the Palestinians, said Danon, but that would call for stopping the "culture of hate."
"They still have convicted murderers who killed innocent American citizens and Israeli citizens," said Danon. "We need to stop with the culture of hate, get into the room and negotiate. We have proven in the past when we negotiate with the Egyptians we achieve a deal. Same with the Jordanians. The only way to move forward is to stop the incitement and start negotiating directly."
Both sides, though, should try to understand the needs of the other.
"We also have to be concerned about security issues," said Danon. "When we see what is happening in Lebanon, Syria, we don't want to see the same picture next to our borders ... we have to be cautious but we can move forward."
There are also ways the United States and Israel can work together to lessen the threat posed by Iran, said Danon.
"We need to work together to apply new sanctions against Iran," said Danon. "The second aspect, Iran is funding terrorism. Whenever you look at the Middle East, whether it is in Yemen, Lebanon, Syria or the Gaza Strip, the money, the funds, the weapons, the knowledge is all coming from Iran. Today, we should work together. In the past, people saw Israel was the problem, today some countries, understand it is the solution."
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