Netanyahu Boasts of ‘Unprecedented Growth’ in Israel’s Foreign Relations

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The Times of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted Tuesday of his diplomatic prowess as he explained his decision not to meet with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.

“I am leading Israel’s foreign relations to unprecedented growth,” he told a group of young contestants in the International National Bible Quiz. “But I am doing so based on a proud and assertive national policy, not out of weakness or with a bowed head.”

Netanyahu told Gabriel he would not meet him if he went ahead with plans to meet with Breaking the Silence, a left-wing Israeli group critical of the IDF’s operations in the Palestinian territories. When Sigmar refused to cancel his meeting with the NGO, the prime minister made good on his threat.

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