“We are trying to make peace with those Palestinians who at least have not engaged in terror and we say to them: If you want to achieve a real peace, then that peace has to be based on a real reconciliation with the Jewish State of Israel. I appreciate the ceaseless efforts that Secretary of State John Kerry is engaging with me. We shall soon see if we have a partner in Abu Mazen [Abbas], but I think if there is a partner there, then there is a way to move this process forward. And for it to move forward and for it to succeed ultimately, then it must address first the root cause of the conflict.
“The root cause of the conflict is not the settlements; it’s not the territories. This conflict predated it by at least half a century. The root cause of this conflict is the refusal to accept the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own in any boundaries.
“Now, friends, you can take all the settlements and you can uproot them and the conflict will continue. You can have Israel continue, go back to the ‘67 lines and the conflict will continue. How do we know that? Because we tried it. That’s exactly what we did in Gaza. We went back to the ‘67 lines, we uprooted at terrible human cost and financial costs [for] the 10,000 Israelis who were there. Did we get peace? What we got is a forward outpost of Iran from which they’ve so far fired about 12,000 rockets on our heads.”
—–PM Netanyahu speaking to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem
“It is absurd to think that in an agreement in which we will recognize the nation-state of the Palestinian people they will not recognize the Jewish state.”
PM Netanyahu’s response to an interview given by Abbas to the New York Times in which he rejected the possibility of recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, and adumbrated the Palestinian position regarding US-brokered peace talks. Abbas “was quoted as saying he would not be willing to accept the Jewish state and this is while he knows there will be no (peace) deal without recognition of (Israel as) the nation-state. It's absurd.”
—Excerpt of article by Moran Azulay, Ynetnews
“There is no price for our security and that of our children's. Not even a billion dollars will bring back a child killed by a Palestinian rocket.”
—Economy Minister Naftali Bennett
“From the ashes of the Holocaust and the depths of despair, the Jewish people returned to their ancient homeland; regained independence; built schools and hospitals; made the desert bloom; and built a strong and vibrant society.
“The Jewish people want peace, but history has shown that we cannot rely on others to defend us. We are resilient and we are also realistic. It has been almost 70 years since the end of the Holocaust and the world is still plagued by prejudice and—even as we speak—anti-Semitism is being sponsored and spread by governments, teachers, and religious leaders.
“The United Nations was borne from the bloodshed and brutality of World War Two to stand up for humanity. It is a responsibility that each of us carries every single day. Never again can evil be allowed to take root. Never again can silence prevail. Never again can indifference reign. The State of Israel is the only guarantee that the future fate of the Jewish people will be held in our own hands. It is our hope for the future and the assurance of our survival for generations to come.”
—UN Ambassador, Ron Prosor on the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp
“I believe the story of Israel is a great example to the world. It is a story, essentially, of a people whose response to suffering has been to move beyond resentment and build a most extraordinary society, a vibrant democracy, a freedom-loving country…with an independent and rights-affirming judiciary, an innovative, world-leading ‘start-up’ nation.
“You have taken the collective memory of death and persecution to build an optimistic, forward-looking land—one that so values life, you will sometimes release a thousand criminals and terrorists, to save one of your own. In the democratic family of nations, Israel represents values which our government takes as articles of faith, and principles to drive our national life. And therefore, through fire and water, Canada will stand with you.”
—Canadian PM Stephen Harper addressing the Knesset
According to Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, are Israeli students peace partners or are murderers of Israeli students heroes? The answer, it seems, depends on whom Abbas is talking to.
Although Abbas recently told Israeli students that he wants to live with them in peace; he himself, the PA and the Fatah movement, both of which he heads, have been telling the Palestinian population that murdering Israeli students is glorious and heroic.
“Everything we are doing these days is for the young generation in Israel and Palestine, it's for their future. The younger generation of Palestinians is similar to the Israeli one in that it wants peace.”
—Abbas addressing a group of young Israelis visiting the West Bank
Abbas praises murderer of 2 Israeli university students:
[Official PA TV, Dec. 31, 2013]
PA praises murderer of 4 religious studies students:
“[He] wrote the most wonderful and sublime words of sacrifice with his blood”
[Official PA TV News reporter, Official PA TV, Feb. 10, 2014]
Fatah praises murderer of 3 high school students:
“[He] saturated the soil… with his blood in his heroic operation”
[Fatah praise of killer on casket, Official PA TV, Feb. 11, 2014]
Source: Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, Palestinian Media Watch
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