Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu 311 (R).
(photo credit: Avi Ohayon / GPO)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas to recognize Israel as a Jewish state on Tuesday, saying “Just say
the six words – ‘I will accept the Jewish state.”
In an address to an
assembly of the Jewish Agency Board of Trustees, Netanyahu said, “I stood before
my people, people of Israel and I said numerous times that I will accept a
Palestinian state. Now President Abbas must stand before his people and he has
to say these six words, ‘I will accept the Jewish state.’ I will repeat this
over and over and over again because it is the attempt to fudge, it’s the
attempt to fudge and evade and obscure this essential component of peace; the
removal of this basic obstacle to peace that is required and this is what the
international community must face up to,” he added.
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Palestinian leadership] says it, we will move inexorably towards
Also speaking at the Jewish Agency assembly, opposition leader
Tzipi Livni said the solution to preventing a situation in which “a Jewish state
will cease to exist” is “to tell Hamas now, before they establish a Palestinian
state, and to tell those who want to go back to the negotiating table, that we
expect any new Palestinian government to be established in accordance with the
Quartet’s terms, to renounce terrorism and to accept Israel’s right to
Commenting on the flotilla expected to set out for Gaza in the
coming days, Livni said, “We’re witnessing today the process of delegitimization
against Israel. We have to understand that this process is not just a problem of
who loves us or not, but also a matter that harms Israel’s security and the
IDF’s ability to act.
“When we look at processes like the flotilla to
Gaza, this is an attempt to act against the legitimacy of Israel to defend
itself, and I want to say clearly that I, as the opposition leader, will
continue to defend Israel’s right to defend itself, the right of soldiers to
operate and the right of Israel to continue to isolate Hamas and Gaza, she said.
“In these matters, there should not be opposition in Israel. We are talking
about our security and there will not be divisions over this matter.”