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Israel faces ‘diplomatic offensive’ that may boost radical Islam: Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a faction meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. . AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner

JERUSALEM – Israel’s prime minister says his country may face a “diplomatic offensive” against it that could fuel radical Islam in the Middle East.

Sunday’s comments come a day before Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to Europe where he will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and urge international leaders to oppose U.N. Security Council resolutions regarding Israel’s borders and its treatment of Palestinians.

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“Now we also face the possibility of a diplomatic offensive, an attempt to compel us by means of U.N. decisions to withdraw to the 1967 lines within two years. This will lead Islamic extremists to the outskirts of Tel Aviv and the heart of Jerusalem,” he said.

Kerry hopes the talks will avert the possibility of a U.N. Security Council clash over proposed resolutions dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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