Netanyahu meets with Bloomberg, stresses ‘close consultation’ with U.S.

Click photo to download. Caption: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg looking on, speaks at a briefing at Gracie Mansion in Manhattan Sept. 27, the same day he addressed the United Nations. Credit: Maxine Dovere.NEW YORK—New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg welcomed the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Gracie Mansion following Netanyahu’s United Nations speech Sept. 27.

Netanyahu said at the briefing that the U.S. and Israel “are in close consultation with the United States about how to practically prevent Iran from moving ahead and how to make them abandon their nuclear weapons ambitions.” 

“I believe it is achievable and will continue to work towards that goal,” he said.

Noting the “special bond between our city and Israel,” the mayor said “both are a target for those who seek to destroy freedom.” Bloomberg recalled that, following the 9/11 attacks, “the people of Israel stood with us in solidarity, knowing that terrorists are only victorious if they frighten people into giving up their beliefs, their values and their way of life.

“That,” said the mayor, “will never happen in Israel, and it will never happen in the United States.”

“I am sure that the U. S. and Israel can work out a common policy in the interests of both nations and in the interests of peace…When we say ‘never again,’ we must mean it,” Bloomberg said. 

Invited to the podium, Netanyahu acknowledged Bloomberg as “a champion of New York City and of the United States.”

“You stand for the friendship between Israel and the United States…and the sympathies that emanate from this common commitment to freedom,” he told the mayor.

The prime minister said it is “important to be clear and unambiguous about our determination to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

“It can be stopped, if we are clear and resolved about the red line that Iran must not pass,” Netanyahu said.

Posted on September 28, 2012 .