Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Israel accompanied by a government and business delegation, meets Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe landed in Israel on Sunday (January 18) at start of a three-day visit expected to focus on economic cooperation, Israel said. Shortly after his arrival Abe met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Earlier in the day Netanyahu said a wave of anti-Semitism and what he called "Islamisation" in Western Europe are factors in a Jewish state push to expand trade with Asia. Europe is Israel's biggest trading partner, but deepening diplomatic disputes over policy toward the Palestinians and anti-Jewish incidents such as a Jan. 9 attack by an Islamist gunman on a Paris kosher deli have triggered Israeli worries. Netanyahu, who is also finance minister and a free-market champion, cast his courting of China, India and Japan over the past two years as a partial response to European developments. He was due to host a Japanese government and business delegation led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday.