It is very easy to be silent. It is very easy to receive a pat on the shoulder from the international community, to bow one’s head, but I am committed to the security of my people. I am committed to the future of my state and in contrast to periods in the past, we have a loud and clear voice among the nations and we will sound it in time in order to warn of the danger.
And as to the actual threat, we will act against it in time if need be. I would like to dispel any illusions. Iran aspires to attain an atomic bomb. It would thus threaten not only Israel but also Italy, Europe and the entire world. There should be no going astray after the attack of smiles. Today there is a regime in Iran that supports terrorism, facilitates the massacre of civilians in Syria and unceasingly arms its proxies—Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad—with deadly missiles.
The most dangerous regime in the world must not be allowed to have the most dangerous weapon in the world. As we have warned, and I say this with regret, the sanctions regime has started to weaken and very quickly. If tangible steps are not taken soon, it is liable to collapse and the efforts of years will vanish without anything in exchange. But at the same time, I tell you and promise in the spirit of the Maccabees, we will not allow Iran to receive a military nuclear capability.”
PM Netanyahu speaking at the Great Synagogue in Rome
Geneva Agreement with Iran
“Today the world has become a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world has taken a significant step toward attaining the most dangerous weapon in the world.”
PM Netanyahu speaking in wake of Geneva Agreement between P5 +1 (US, Russia, China, UK, France plus Germany) and Iran.
Peace with the Palestinians
“In this house I said a few times that I accept the solution of two states for two people, within the frame of real peace, and the resolution of the conflict… Not every member of the Knesset in this house agrees with these statements but on one matter most of us are united—for the peace to be real it must be two-way.
“You cannot ask Jews to recognize a Palestinian national state without demanding Palestinians recognize a national state for the Jewish people…I call Abu Mazen from here: Let’s break the freeze, come to the Knesset; I’ll come to Ramallah. Come to this stage and recognize the historical truth—the Jews have a connection of close to 4,000 years to the land of Israel.
“The Jews have the right to self-determination and in a true peace, Palestinian demands of Israel will end, aside from national demands about land and the sovereignty of the state,” Netanyahu reiterated.
PM Netanyahu’s special address at the Knesset in honor of President Hollande’s visit
“The hope for peace is shared by all of us, though the proper way to realize it is a matter of disagreement.” He continued: “Only an honest and deep recognition of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic nation could rehabilitate the trust lost and develop an opening for future cooperation and the hope for peace.”
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein
France, Standing with Israel
French President Hollande’s first official visit to Israel as the head of state took place in November. The following quotations are excerpts from his remarks while in the Land.
“I will always remain a friend of Israel,” he said when he landed in Ben Gurion, as he emphasized his country’s obligation to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon.
“France will not surrender to this threat, it will not concede, and it will do everything for peace and for the safety of Israel,” he explained. “As long as we are not entirely sure that Iran gave up on nuclear weapons—we will keep our stance.”
During the warm and friendly speech, the French president asked “to salute the entire Jewish people, whose genealogy is entwined with the history of the whole of humanity.”
“…Israelis turned their tragedy into the crane which built their state.”
“…France has always been to [sic] Israel’s right, from its first day, to support its right to exist. Sixty-five years later I come to say in Israel, in the name of France: the friendship between us is firm, more than the passing leaders who come and go, and even more than ups and downs of international life,” he added.
“[France] has nothing against Iran. It is a country which itself is the product of a long and magnificent history. We have nothing against the Iranian people; they deserve civil nuclear energy, but we cannot accept that they will have a nuclear weapon because it poses a threat to Israel and other countries in the region and we all know that well: it is a danger to the world.”
French President Francois Hollande
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