Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took the opportunity of his annual Rosh Hashanah greeting to address Israel's identity as a Jewish state - and moribund talks with Palestinian Authority officials in Ramallah.
Noting his office had received an overwhelming flood of prayers and well-wishes for peace in the coming year, Netanyahu said peace was dependent on Israel's strength and understanding its essential character as a Jewish state.
"For there to be peace Israel has to be strong," Netanyahu said. "People make peace with the strong. They don't make peace with the weak. They push the weak aside."
"For that peace to take shape the Palestinians have to finally recognize what you all recognize, that Israel is the Jewish state... that the Jewish people after all their travails, after all their agonized odysseys through ought the centuries, deserve their one and only true place under the sun - in the Land of Israel," Netanyahu explained.
Netanyahyu said he believed the outcome of future talks would hinge on officials in Ramallah being able to accept Israel's fundamental character, "fairness, and the truth, and the common sense that must accompany peace - the Palestinians finally have to do what they have refused to do throughout the decades - recognize the one and only Jewish state,
"And if they do, I think we'll have a very, very good year," Netanyahu said. "Shana Tova to all of you."