PM says condemnation of Givat Hamatos building project is wrong

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October 5, 2014 23:13
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If there is ever to be a Palestinian state, everyone is going to have to adjust their ideas of sovereignty, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Netanyahu, who filmed the interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria during his stay last week in New York, said that the only way to ensure that territory ceded by Israel does not turn into a “third Iranian enclave around Israel's border,” is to have a long-term Israeli security presence inside a future Palestinian state.

Netanyahu said that if Hamas takes over the West Bank, “they could stop our international airport with mortars, not rockets, not missiles. Mortars, a guy with a mortar. So we have to find a security solution that is real, and I think it's possible.”

In another interview aired Sunday that was also filmed last week, with Bob Schieffer on CBS's “Face the Nation,” Netanyahu was again asked about the harsh US criticism of the Givat Hamatos development – which the prime minister stressed was a development meant for both Jews and Arabs – and allowing Jews to move into the overwhelmingly Arab neighborhood of Silwan.

“I think condemning it is wrong,” he said. “And I’m, frankly, baffled. I think it’s not the American way.”

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