Netanyahu spreads arms 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday addressed the state of
affairs on Iranian sanctions, or lack thereof, and briefed members of
the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on the latest
developments on negotiations toward a prisoner swap with Hamas.
Iranian [arms] train is travelling fast compared to the advancement of
the international community, which is more like a faltering car,”
Netanyahu explained with a metaphor. “That notwithstanding, there is
significant progress in the international community’s understanding of
the nature of [Iran’s] nuclear program.”
“There is political
progress toward sanctions in the world,” he continued, addressing the
issue of the main pertinent country objecting to sanctioning Teheran.
“China is interested in strengthening cooperation with Israel, and
there is a wide spectrum of topics for cooperation between Beijing and
Jerusalem. China is part of our efforts on Iran.”
then spoke of the threat of missiles from the Palestinian Authority, hitting out at opposition head Tzipi Livni in the process. “I see that for you
paper is enough to ensure that missiles won’t enter the Palestinian
territories. I was elected to make sure that things happen,” he said to
“If it’s about what the public chose, political decency
would necessitate you acting after the elections based on what you
promised beforehand,” Livni countered.
Netanyahu also commented on the possibility of proceeding with a
prisoner swap with Hamas to secure the release of captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit.
According to the premier, Israel
relayed its proposal to Hamas via the German mediator some three months
ago, and was still waiting for the terror group’s response. Netanyahu
stressed that Israel had learned its lesson from previous prisoner
swaps, and would ensure that terrorists released in such a deal won’t be
able to return to terrorist activities against Israelis.