Excerpt from Jerusalem Post:
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not the root cause of Mideast instability, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Sunday, a day after Fabius said it was perhaps the central issue in the region.
“The root of the area’s instability,” Netanyahu said in a public statement made alongside Fabius before the two met in Jerusalem, “is the regional rejection of modernity, moderation, progress and political solutions.”
“I say that because for too long people believed that the root cause of this instability in the Middle East was the Palestinian-Israeli problem. It is not the root cause; it’s one of its results,” he said.
“If we have peace with the Palestinians, the centrifuges will not stop spinning in Iran, the turmoil will not stop in Syria, the instability in North Africa will not cease, the attacks on the West will not cease,” he added.