PM: No more Iranian puppets

In Canada, Netanyahu says Palestinian state must be demilitarized.

By JTA
May 30, 2010 21:49
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.. (photo credit: AP)

TORONTO - Israel will not repeat "mistakes" from the past that allowed Iran to gain a foothold on the Jewish state's borders, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pledged Sunday in Toronto.

Addressing thousands of enthusiastic members of the Jewish community prior to the United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto's annual Walk With Israel, Netanyahu vowed Israel will never again create military vacuums that Iran would fill.

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That means any future Palestinian state must be "effectively demilitarized," Netanyahu said before heading to Ottawa to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

It was the first time since 1978 that a sitting Israeli prime minister addressed Toronto's Jewish community. Netanyahu's speech was seen as a thank-you for the Harper government's staunchly pro-Israel stance.

Netanyahu said the people of Israel "are prepared to make compromises for peace but they're not  and I'm not prepared to make any compromises on our security. Israel will never ever give up the power to defend itself."

"And just as we are asked to recognize a nation-state for the Palestinian people, the Palestinians will have to recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The Palestinians will have to recognize the Jewish state," he said emphatically.

Meantime, Israel's "first and foremost" challenge is to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, Netanyahu said.


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