Netanyahu headed to Rome for meeting with Kerry, Italy’s prime minister


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Rome on Sunday to meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

The meetings on Sunday and Monday also will include Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Netanyahu said Sunday morning in Jerusalem at the weekly Cabinet meeting that the leaders will discuss “regional processes, the question of security, the process with the Palestinians and, of course, other issues.”

Netanyahu said the leaders also would discuss the British vote to leave the European Union.

“There is no direct effect on Israel apart from the fact that we are part of the global economy,” the prime minister said.

Netanyahu said he held a discussion over the weekend with the finance minister, the governor of the Bank of Israel, the head of Israel’s National Economic Council and others regarding the implications for the Israeli economy.

“I can say one thing: The Israeli economy is strong. It has very considerable foreign currency reserves. Therefore, to the extent that there is some effect, it is not expected to be strong other than unrest in the global economy,” he said. “I think that as this process is begun, Israel is in a good position.”

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