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  Iyar 23, 5769 , 17/05/09

Meir: You Don't Care About Jews Being Killed

In an interview with the Times of Malta, Israeli Ambassador to Italy Gideon Meir said that Israel was fed up with getting war in exchange for one-sided concessions, and blamed Palestinian Authority terror with stalling peace efforts. “For 16 years we made concessions, giving up land for peace and peace did not come. The key word is negotiation. This means that the two parties talk and both make concessions. But what do we have until now? Israel gave up land and in return all it got was more war, more terror. We withdrew from Lebanon in 2000 and we got Iran on our borders through Hizbullah, which is its proxy. In 2005 we pulled out of Gaza and we got Iran there through its other proxy, Hamas. We Israelis have concluded that we want a different approach and are re-thinking government policy in this regard.”

When challenged by the interviewer that the PA could make the same arguments, Meir said, “The Palestinians cannot make that argument because they are using terror to kill our women and children. They bombarded us day in, day out for eight whole years and the international community, the Europeans, were quiet. Unfortunately, when Jews are being killed it does not matter to the world. You don't care about Jews being killed, this is our feeling.”

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