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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sought to create a strong image at a meeting with Likud party supporters on Monday, giving his last speech before he
leaves to Washington for peace talks. The prime minister was keen to cast himself in the role of his famous Likud predecessor and peacemaker, Menahem Begin, as someone strong enough to create a permanent peace.
"I can do that [achieve peace] better than anyone else. Likud supports real peace," said Netanyahu. "Only a Likud government can bring a peace agreement that will guarantee the security of Israel forever."
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Netanyahu went to great pains during his short speech to distinguish his
current peace efforts from the failed attempts of more recent prime
ministers to bring calm to Israel's borders.
"We won't be satisfied with papers and promises. We won't allow hundreds
of rockets as we did after we left Gaza and Lebanon. We want real peace
agreements that guarantee the security of Israel for the benefit of
peace and prosperity for Israel and its neighbors and if possible the
rest of the Arab world," Netanyahu said. He continued,"I am not naïve.
There are two sides. But I want to give it time and resources."
He concluded his speech saying, "I hope to find a courageous partner as Begin found in Sadat."