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Article published the Thursday 02 June 2011 - Latest update : Thursday 02 June 2011

Libyan rebels will recognise Israel, Bernard-Henri Lévy tells Netanyahu

Bernard-Henri Lévy speaks at a rally in support of Iranian woman Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani
AFP/Boris Horvat

By RFI

Libya’s rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) is ready to recognise Israel, according to French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, who says he has passed the message on to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The NTC “will be concerned with justice for the Palestinians and security for Israel” it it takes power, Lévy said after meeting Netanyahu Thursday.

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“The future regime will maintain normal relations with other democratic countries, including Israel.”

Netanyahu's office confirmed the meeting with Lévy but did not comment on the discussion. "The prime minister likes to meet intellectuals," a spokesperson said.

Lévy, who helped persuade France to be the first country to recognise the NTC, visited the rebel-held Libyan city of Misrata last weekend and went on to Jerusalem this week.

Moamer Kadhafi’s regime refused to recognise Israel, even after Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat peace treaty with the country in 1979.

tags: Arab Spring - Bernard-Henri Lévy - Diplomacy - Egypt - Israel - Libya - Misrata - Palestinian territories
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If this is true, then I'm so

If this is true, then I'm so chocked.. Now this is a part of the consequences I was afraid of when I knew the NATO and Europe involved in the Libyan revolution and I never trusted the National Bullshit Council.. what a shame..

Not True

According to the NTC, they have rejected Levy announcement and said nothing true about these comments, I guess this will be his last visit to Libya.

A shame

It sounds as though the NTC will be walking the US line on Israel.. it's sad that this revolution was overtaken by the West.

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