Netanyahu: Time Has Come to Unite

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says the “time has come to unite” around the peace plan he brought to the US Congress.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 5/26/2011, 9:29 AM / Last Update: 5/26/2011, 10:33 AM

Israel News photo: AIPAC

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced late Wednesday night that the “time has come to unite” around the peace plan he proposed to the U.S. Congress.

Speaking to reporters upon his return from Washingtonת D.C., Netanyahu underscored the importance of the visit, during which he met with U.S. President Barack Obama.

The prime minister also addressed the AIPAC convention and tied up the visit with a speech to the Congress, during which there were dozens of standing ovations.

“We found broad American support for Israel's fundamental claims, especially the recognition of Israel as the national state of the Jewish People, and the need for secure borders and the complete repudiation of Hamas,” Netanyahu told reporters.

“The great majority of people in Israel are united around the broad diplomatic outline that I proposed in the U.S.,” he added, calling on “Zionist parties” to “unite” around the proposed peace plan he outlined in his speech to the Congress as well.

Netanyahu also called on the Palestinian Authority to learn how to compromise, as Israel has, at the negotiating table. 

“The time has also come for the Palestinian Authority to recognize Israel's just claims,” he said.  The White House concurred, pointing out Tuesday after the prime minister's speech to the Congress that the time has come for the PA to step up and  "give Israel confidence" as well.

A video of the prime minister's speech to the Congress, and the full text of the address, can be accessed by clicking here.