Israel’s PM Bennett meets with Italian counterpart Draghi

“At the moment, Europe needs energy with and Israel has natural gas in our economic waters. This is good news for Israel, Italy and Europe” said Bennett

Israel’s PM Bennett meets with Italian counterpart Draghi

Photo credit: Haim Zach (GPO)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem yesterday (Tuesday). The leaders held a private meeting followed by an expanded meeting between the sides with the participation of Energy Minister Karine Elharrar.

They discussed ways to enhance cooperation between Israel and Italy, the implications of the war in Ukraine, ways to deal with the global food crisis and possibilities for cooperation in energy, especially in light of the potential for exporting natural gas to Europe via Egypt.

"Prime Minister of Italy, my friend, Mario Draghi, I want to welcome you and your entire delegation to Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal united capital and the beating heart of the Jewish people,” said Bennett.

“My friend, it is here in Jerusalem where the historic connection between the Jewish people and the Romans began, and it could be said that our relationship today is somewhat better.

“Our two great nations, Italy and Israel, serve as examples of modern independence restored in ancient homelands, two nations which are heirs to the principles and ideals of their ancestral roots and two nations which made significant contributions to the advancement of civilization and developed society.”

Bennett also announced that the two have agreed to hold a G2G in Israel as early as this year, after a nine-year freeze.

“One of the ways that Israel can help, is through energy cooperation forthwith. At the moment, Europe needs energy with and Israel has natural gas in our economic waters. This is good news for Israel, Italy and Europe. We discussed the cooperation necessary to ensure that Israel's natural gas can also be used in Europe,” said Bennett.

“I also look forward to the day when Lebanon decides that it is willing to take advantage of the natural gas in its economic waters. It is a pity that the leadership in Lebanon is dealing with unnecessary disputes instead of producing gas for the benefit of its citizens.”

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