Netanyahu during cabinet meeting
Netanyahu during cabinet meetingEmil Salman/Flash 90

At his weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday morning, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made special note of the date - November 29, the day in 1947 the United Nations voted to recognize a Jewish state. 

"Sixty-eight years ago today, on the 29th of November, the UN decided to recognize a Jewish state in the Land of Israel, a decision that advanced the establishment of the State of Israel," Netanyahu began. 

"The next day, Jewish communities were under increasingly murderous attacks. As it was then, so it is today; we continue to fight terrorism. This terrorism has been with us for almost 100 years and we have defeated it time and again; we will defeat it this time as well."

"What drives this terrorism is opposition to the existence of the State of Israel as the national state of the Jewish People within any borders," Netanyahu asserted. "Joining this opposition is radical Islam, which is currently striking around the world: In Paris, London, Madrid, Mali – of course there are no settlements or territories, but there are here, and there as well there is basic opposition to the very existence of these entities, of free, independent and democratic societies."

"We stand on our right to live in a Jewish and democratic state: A Jewish state as the national state of our people, a democratic state, a state that respects all of its citizens regardless of religion, race or sex."

Netanyahu stressed that opposition to the government's decision to outlaw the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement would not "change our decision one millimeter." 

"We stand by this decision," he emphasized, "just as we stand by passing the Jewish State Law that will clearly set out Israel's being a Jewish and democratic state, the national state of the Jewish People." 

"Within this framework, the discussions that we promised to hold will start this week led by coalition chairman MK Tzahi Hanegbi. We are starting to advance the legislation of the Jewish State Law."

The Prime Minister then addressed Israel's foreign relations, announcing he would meet with the leaders of Russia, France Japan, Canada, Australia, and Poland at the international climate summit in Paris this week. He also made note of future meetings with the President of Cyprus and the Deputy Minister of Vietnam. 

"There are many problems in the international arena," he said. "One of our problems is the schedule; there is simply a scheduling problem. Whoever spoke about the collapse of our relations with the US, with the world in general and with the Arab world in particular, is mistaken.

Netanyahu concluded by thanking the Foreign Ministry and its director-general Dore Gold, upon the opening of an office in Abu Dhabi.

"This reflects the fact that Israel is appreciated in many fields including technology, and other fields, both within the Middle East and beyond," he declared.