MK Danny Danon (Likud) responded to U.S. President Barack Obama’s AIPAC speech by saying that “Obama must understand that Israel will not pay his private tuition as he tries to understand the essence of the conflict.”
The U.S. president, he added, “is zigzagging in accordance with whatever will bring him more votes and justify the Nobel Peace Prize he received. We must stand firm in order to make sure that this does not come at the expense of Israel.”
MK Carmel Shamah, also from the ruling party, credited the Prime Minister for causing what he saw as a meaningful shift in Obama’s attitude. “The wisdom and determination shown by the Prime Minister bore fruit in Obama’s speech,” he said.
“President Obama voiced an absolute and explicit ‘no’ to the ‘67 borders and to Hamas, and expressed boundless support for Israel as a Jewish and democratic country and to safeguarding its security.”
Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan was less impressed. “No borders based on the ‘67 lines, with or without corrections, with or without the blocs, is defensible. If a PLO state is created, there will be contiguous Muslim territory from Afghanistan to Kfar Saba.”
“Only the River Jordan, the Jordan Valley and the Judea and Samaria mountain ridge can provide security for Israel,” he said. “Only holding on to Hevron, Beit El and