Netanyahu Affirms Israel’s Decision-Making Independence After Meeting Foreign Diplomats

By Yoni Weiss

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meets with U.K. Foreign Secretary David Cameron, Wednesday. (PMO)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday expressed gratitude toward Israel’s allies for their support and advice, yet he emphasized that Israel will independently make its decisions. This assertion came after discussions with U.K. Foreign Secretary David Cameron and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Wednesday.

Netanyahu affirmed Israel’s right to self-defense during the meetings and appreciated the clear backing from the two foreign ministers. He also briefed them on the ongoing humanitarian aid efforts in Gaza amid the continued war there. Addressing claims about a famine in Gaza, Netanyahu insisted that Israel is going above and beyond in addressing humanitarian issues.

After the meetings, during a Cabinet session, Netanyahu reiterated his appreciation for international support but made it clear that Israel would independently determine its actions necessary for self-defense.

Cameron and Baerbock, who arrived in Israel on Wednesday morning, had earlier met with Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz and President Yitzchak Herzog. Following these meetings, Cameron told reporters that Israel seems determined to respond to Iran’s recent drone and ballistic missile attacks and expressed hope that any actions would minimize escalation.

Additionally, Cameron highlighted the need for coordinated sanctions against Iran, emphasizing that the G7 should send a clear and strong message.

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