Deputy Prime Minister Ze'ev Elkin said, Saturday evening, that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu intends "to promote peace as much as he can but not at the cost of giving up Israel's security needs and interests." Addressing a reception at the home of the president of the organization of Brazilian Jewish communities he said Netanyahu is determined to advance the peace process but is keeping the lessons learned through diplomatic failures and their destructive results in mind.
Elkin expressed his happiness at the removal of barriers that allowed for approval of the "Science Without Borders" program, which brings Brazilian students to Israel, and his regret that there are gaps between the two countries' stances on a number of issues. However, he said it was of interest to both countries to advance economic and scientific cooperation. Elkin cited the governor of Sao Paolo for being a true friend of Israel and the Jewish community.