Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at FADC 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that Israel is considering releasing
to the Palestinian Authority tax funds it has been holding since the PA
was accepted as a member of the United Nations cultural agency last
month, speaking to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee
Monday.Following decades of military rule in the Arab world, "We have an unstable reality ahead of us," he added
The decision to do so, he explained will be taken by the
government. "Israel will explore the process and will take action in
light of the (diplomatic) calm."
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"We have identified calm on the Palestinian
side," Netanyahu explained, saying that the PA has stopped their
unilateral diplomatic steps.
"In the Security Council we didn't
even need the [United States'] veto" to prevent the Palestinian bid for
full UN membership, he added, saying that the quiet was in the
The prime minister also played down
Palestinian talks aimed at reconciliation between rival parties Hamas
and Fatah. "The talks are much more of a tactical and ceremonial process
and there has been no concrete result [of the talks]."
'Islamic wave' sweeping the region
Speaking to the committee, Netanyahu also warned that an "Islamic wave" is washing
over the Arab world. "This is not good for us."
it is not possible to know how long it will take until the region
stabilizes, the prime minister said, "We must behave cautiously. This is
not the time for hasty actions."
In post-Gaddafi Libya, he said,
"there is a large stockpile of weapons that is leaking out (of the
country) and reaching our area," something he said has ramifications on
Israel's security needs.
Addressing the situation in Egypt, which
on Monday began holding its first parliamentary elections since the
fall of former president Hosni Mubarak, Netanyahu said, "We hope to
stabilize the peace treaty and we are working on that with the