Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in remarks to the United Nations General Assembly, said Monday that Arab nations should start working with Israel if they want to bring about an Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Netanyahu said that while an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal has long been seen as a route to a broader Arab-Israeli rapprochement, it could work the other way around, if Arab countries provide the political and material support needed to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"To achieve that peace, we must look not only to Jerusalem and Ramallah, but also to Cairo, to Amman, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and elsewhere," Netanyahu said. "I believe peace can be realized with the active involvement of Arab countries."
Netanyahu's government has been trying to enlist regional and world powers for help in disarming Hamas, the Palestinian militant group, and establishing safe borders between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
Netanyahu also warned world powers that in their eagerness to stop the Islamic State militant group they shouldn't forget the threat of Iran, which he described as a much bigger danger.
He said that to defeat Islamic State "and leave Iran on the threshold of nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war."
"Iran's nuclear military capabilities must be fully dismantled," he said. Netanyahu said that some criticism of Israel's policy is no more than anti-Semitism.