Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met Wednesday evening in Washington with his American counterpart, John Kerry, to discuss the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State.
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Lieberman told Kerry that Israel supported the American efforts to lead the international coalition, the foreign minister's office said in a statement.
The foreign minister told Kerry that Israel was willing to contribute as necessary to the operation, taking into consideration the sensitive nature of the coalition make-up and in accordance with U.S. needs, Lieberman's office said.
Lieberman also told Kerry during their meeting that Hamas' terror activities against both Israel and the residents of the Gaza Strip were no different from the activities of the Islamic State. The only difference, said Lieberman, was a matter of semantics and of the organizations' methods of communication.
The foreign minister added that it was as impossible to hold talks with Hamas as it was with the Islamic State, and said that as long as Hamas remained in control of Gaza there would be no peace or security. Anyone wishing to advance an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian would have to put an end to the terrorist regime inside the Palestinian authority, he said.
Lieberman told his American counterpart that Israel very much appreciated the U.S. support demonstrated during the operation in the Gaza Strip over the summer, and said that the Israeli leadership and civilian public know that the U.S. is Israel's greatest friend.
The foreign minister also asked Kerry to change the State Department's travel advisory to Israel, so that American citizens would know that there are no security dangers to travel in Israel.