Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today at the opening of a Likud faction meeting on negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, "Six months ago we entered negotiations with the Palestinians. Both sides have undertaken commitments to avoid unilateral measures."
He noted that "Leadership is tested by its ability to make tough decisions. Israel has a strategic interest in negotiations that will end the conflict. In this sense, standing before me are our vital interests, including securing settlements in the Land of Israel.
"The agreement will be signed only if these interests are addressed: The State of Israel will be recognized as a Jewish state, the Palestinian Arabs give up the right of return, and the rest of their demands for other parts of Israel," added the PM.
"The agreement will be signed only if provisions are included by which Israel can defend itself independently against any threat." The prime minister stressed, "If an agreement is pending we will bring it to a referendum."