Prime Minister Netanyahu Speaks

May 27, 2014
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On Syria

Prime Minister Netanyahu
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“…My friends, I've come here to draw a clear line.

You know that I like to draw lines, especially red ones. But the line I want to draw today is the line between life and death, between right and wrong, between the blessings of a brilliant future and the curses of a dark past.

“I stood very close to that dividing line two weeks ago. I visited an Israeli army field hospital in the Golan Heights. Now, that field hospital wasn't set up for Israelis. It was set up for Syrians. Israelis treated nearly a thousand wounded Syrian—men, women and a lot of children. They come to our border fence bleeding and desperate. Often they're near death.

“…I heard from them and from other patients there what all the Syrians who've come to be treated in Israel are saying. They all tell the same story. They say, all these years, Assad lied to us. He told us that Iran was our friend and Israel was our enemy. But Iran is killing us, and Israel, Israel is saving us.”

                                                Excerpts from 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference speech

On Iran

“You know why Iran insists on doing all these things that the other peaceful countries don't do? It's because Iran doesn't want a peaceful nuclear program, Iran wants a military nuclear program.

“I said it here once, I'll say it here again: If it looks like a duck, if it walks like a duck, if it quacks like a duck, then what is it? Well, it ain't a chicken and it's certainly not a dove. It's still a nuclear duck…”

                                                Excerpts from 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference speech

On Israel—Palestinian conflict

“Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people where the civil rights of all citizens, Jews and non-Jews alike, are guaranteed. The land of Israel is the place where the identity of the Jewish people was forged.

“It was in Hebron that Abraham blocked the cave of the Patriarchs and the Matriarchs. It was in Bethel that Jacob dreamed his dreams. It was in Jerusalem that David ruled his kingdom. We never forget that, but it's time the Palestinians stopped denying history.

“Just as Israel is prepared to recognize a Palestinian state, the Palestinians must be prepared to recognize a Jewish state. President Abbas, recognize the Jewish state, and in doing so, you would be telling your people, the Palestinians, that while we might have a territorial dispute, the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own is beyond dispute.”

                                                Excerpts from 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference speech

“When they want peace, they should let us know. Because we want a lasting peace. Today, on a holiday, [Passover] our enemies launched rockets on our towns, and our policy is clear – respond with immediacy and intensity.” The prime minister emphasized Israeli resolve to protect its citizens, “We hurt those who aim to hurt us. That's what we have done and it is what we will continue to do.”

                                                Excerpt from 2014 Passover speech

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