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Netanyahu in Italy to rally help for Israel

Palestinian seek recognition for a Palestinian state at the United Nations this fall.



Rome: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Italy to rally opposition to Palestinian plans to have the UN recognise a Palestinian state in September.

Netanyahu meets on Monday with Premier Silvio Berlusconi and other officials.

Italy is one of Israel`s closest friends in Europe, and last month Berlusconi said Italy would only recognise a Palestinian unity government that renounces terrorism and recognises Israel`s right to exist.
Frustrated after two decades of off-and-on peace negotiations, the Palestinians have said they would seek recognition for a Palestinian state at the United Nations this fall. The US opposes the plan and Italy, in lockstep with Washington, has said it would reject any unilateral statehood declaration.

Bureau Report

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