Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met on Sunday in Jerusalem with the Foreign Minister of Ireland, Eamon Gilmore.
During the meeting, Netanyahu stressed that Israel is willing to continue peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.
“The only way to enter into a discussion is through direct negotiations. Israel wants to do just that,” he told Gilmore.
Netanyahu added, however, “We have our disappointments. One of them occurred this week when the Palestinian Authority's official television broadcast a glorification of the killers who murdered an Israeli family, the Fogel family. They murdered the three little children and the parents. And they were on official Palestinian television presented as martyrs and heroes. This comes on the heels of the Palestinian Mufti's call to murder Jews wherever they are. Also broadcast on official Palestinian Television.”
Netanyahu said that Israel demands “a prompt condemnation” of these two incidents.
“I hope you demand a condemnation because the only way to move to peace is to prepare our people for peace and not for brutal terror,” he told Gilmore. “We hope that these talks will continue. We're prepared to continue these talks, we hope the Palestinian Authority decides to resume the talks and back away from terror and glorification of killers.”