Netanyahu: The other side needs to decide if they want peace

'Israeli will not be a binational state,' Netanyahu stresses after US Secretary of State accuses Israel of risking its Jewish character.

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Netanyahu during cabinet meeting
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed at his Cabinet meeting on Sunday morning statements made by US Secretary of State John Kerry at the Saban Forum on Saturday night. 

Kerry lashed out at Israel in the speech, asserting that current trends in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are leading to a “one-state” reality and warning that if that were to happen, Israel would risk no longer being a Jewish and democratic state.

"I wish to clarify that Israel will not be a binational state," Netanyahu bit back. "In order for there to be peace, the other side needs to decide if they want peace. Unfortunately, that's not what we have been seeing." 

"The Palestinian Authority's incitement continues and it must be stopped," Netanyahu stressed. "And I see the senior Palestinian official in charge of the negotiations going to console the family of a terrorist who tried to murder Jews. Not only does he not condemn it, he goes to offer condolences and thereby gives backing and encouragement to acts of terrorism.

"Whoever wants peace needs to condemn these things unequivocally, just as I am doing here," he added. 

Netanyahu also responded to Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, who, on Friday, accused the Jewish state of “executing” without trial Palestinian Arabs who carried out stabbing attacks in Israel.

Her remarks "are outrageous," Netanyahu slammed. "Apparently she expects Israeli citizens to offer their necks to whoever wants to stab them. This will not happen. We will continue to defend the lives of Israeli citizens."








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