PM: 1st priority of gov't to guard against external threats

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March 18, 2013 15:58

 
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu presented the 33rd government to the Knesset on Monday, stating that while the new coalition had an opportunity to make many domestic changes in the country, the government's first priority remained protecting Israel from exterior threats.

"As prime minister, I don't have the privilege to abandon the external challenges to Israel. We must ensure the existence of the State of Israel. Therefore, the first priority will be the defense of the country and its citizens."

Netanyahu noted Iran continuing to get closer to crossing the "red line" towards a nuclear weapon, and the threat of some of the "most dangerous weapons in the world" being transferred into the hands of terrorists in a deteriorating Syria as the main threats to Israel.

He stated that the new government would be ready to make "a historic compromise" for the sake of a peace agreement with the Palestinians, but added that the Palestinian leadership would have to be willing to compromise as well.

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