Daily Israel Report
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News Brief

  12/5/2012, Kislev 21, 5773

PM: Israel Will Not Sacrifice for World's Applause


At a meeting with the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu spoke of the stalled peace process, and what the UN vote last Thursday means for negotiations, saying, "Israel will not sacrifice its vital interests for the sake of obtaining the world's applause.  Israel is committed to a genuine peace with our Palestinian neighbors – a genuine and durable peace.  For peace to endure, it must be a peace that we can defend.  No other peace can survive in the Middle East.  We remain committed, as you said, to a negotiated settlement between us and our Palestinian neighbors.  That solution is a two-state solution for two peoples, a peace in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes the one and only Jewish State of Israel.  Unfortunately, on Thursday, the Palestinians asked the world to give them a state without providing Israel with peace and security in return."

Netanyahu added, "Our conflict with the Palestinians will be resolved only through direct negotiations that address the needs of both Israelis and Palestinians.  It will not be resolved through one-sided resolutions of the UN that ignore Israel's vital needs and undermine the basic foundation for peace."