Israel is an island of democracy in a sea of instability and despotism, and this
has never been truer than now, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on
Thursday night at the annual Fourth of July bash at the US ambassador’s home in
Without addressing the situation in Egypt directly, the prime
minister said that “those who seek liberty are our natural
Netanyahu said that he hopes there will be a time when true
democracy will flourish in the region, but this is something that will take
Ambassador Dan Shapiro quoted President Barack Obama as saying the
US will do “whatever it must” to prevent a nuclear Iran.
ongoing efforts to revive the peace process, Shapiro said that he expects
officials to spend many more hours with US Secretary of State John Kerry in the
Netanyahu, for his part, reiterated his position that he
wants to sit down immediately with the Palestinians, and that Israel is not
putting any obstacles in the way of the talks.
Marking over 200 years of
independence on Thursday, President Shimon Peres congratulated the American
people, applauding the United States as a “beacon of hope for the values of
freedom, peace and justice around the globe... [a] bastion of
Peres said the cause of peace is emphasized by Kerry’s
efforts to mediate talks between Israelis and Palestinians.
efforts and Obama’s recent visits to the region “demonstrates that the two-state
solution is accepted by the majority of the two peoples – Israelis and
Palestinians,” Peres stated, adding that there is “no realistic peaceful
alternative to the two-state solution.”
Israel, though small in size,
will remain “great in its commitment of friendship to America. Israel could not
have a better friend than America,” he said.
Concluding his speech, Peres
said that both America and Israel are on a “moving journey to improve the
Among the 2,000 guests at the celebration were members of the
government and Knesset, officers from Israel Defense Forces, members of the
diplomatic corps, representatives of the local and international media and
Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon greeted his US counterpart Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel to mark the US independence day on Thursday evening by telephone.
The two discussed regional developments, according to Ya'alon's spokesperson.
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