PM: Root of conflict is refusal to accept Jewish state

January 18, 2012 21:03

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reiterated on Wednesday that the root cause of the Israeli Palestinian conflict is "the persistent (Palestinian) refusal to accept a Jewish state within any boundaries."

Speaking at a synagogue in the Netherlands during a visit to the country, the prime minister discussed international hostility toward Israel and thanked Holland for standing at Israel's side. "I commend the Netherlands as one of the few countries who doesn't go along with this," he said, noting that it opposed the Goldstone report.

"Israel is a beleaguered democracy confronting great threats and challenges," he continued, "there are those who cast Israel as a pariah state every time we exercise the inherent right of self defense."

"I can tell you that our soldiers go through unprecedented steps to keep Palestinian civilians out of harms way." There are some people who call Israeli soldiers war criminals, he said, but thanked Holland for not joining those countries.

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