Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu broad gesture 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reiterated on Wednesday that the root cause
of the Israeli Palestinian conflict is "the persistent (Palestinian)
refusal to accept a Jewish state within any boundaries." "I can tell you
that our soldiers go through unprecedented steps to keep Palestinian
civilians out of harms way." There are some people who call Israeli
soldiers war criminals, he said, but thanked Holland for not joining them.
at a synagogue in the Netherlands during a visit to the country, the
prime minister recalled that Israel places no preconditions on the start of negotiations. But,
he added, "We cannot end the negotiations until we start them." The synagogue, which survived the Nazi invasion in 1940 unscathed, was built in 1671-1675 and at the time it was the largest synagogue in the world. There is no electricity in the building which is lit, instead, by 613 candles.
Netanyahu to thank Dutch in visit to The Hague
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the prime minister said,
"Don't walk away from peace. Continue the negotiations."
Israel, he said, "is
a beleaguered democracy confronting great threats and challenges," adding that "there are those who cast Israel as a pariah state every time
we exercise the inherent right of self defense."
"I commend the
Netherlands as one of the few countries who doesn't go along with this,"
he said, noting that it opposed the Goldstone report.
Netanyahu also praised the joint Dutch-Israeli stand against a nuclear Iran, saying that sanctions must be imposed against Iran's central
bank. "I think those sanctions should be applied now."