MK Aryeh Deri (Shas) responded on Thursday evening to U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech at the Binyanei HaUma in Jerusalem, and called on the Israeli government to resume negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, so that an interim agreement can be reached that will guarantee Israel security and give PA Arabs an opportunity to develop a stable economy and a strong democracy.
“It’s heartwarming to know that the American president was attentive to the people of Israel. He understood that he should be talking at eye level and not through political mediation. Yet the Middle East is still a little more turbulent and unstable,” said Deri.
“We must remember that the Land of Israel, as is written in the Torah, belongs to us. We are not conquerors in our own land. Yet we have millions of neighbors in Judea, Samaria and Gaza that we should consider. We have no desire to interfere in their lives, and we cannot annex these territories and give them citizenship,” added Deri.