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I can only say that we have a problem with Hamas. I mean Hamas took over the Gaza Strip and instead of investing in the future of the people of Gaza, instead of trying to build a better life for the people of Gaza, Hamas is stuck in a very extremist mode where they are investing in future conflict with Israel.
I never go into operational questions, I apologise.
So far, despite diplomatic pressure, despite economic sanctions, despite other efforts by the international community, the Iranian regime continues to march forward, to race towards a nuclear weapon – a weapon that will be aimed at my country and so it is very important that we keep all options on the table.
So far, on Israel's side, we have not taken a decision yet. But we know that if there is a decision to use military force, there are costs involved. I can only say the following: that the costs involved in not acting, the costs involved in seeing Iran proliferate and achieve a nuclear weapon, are obviously much greater and much more formidable.
And I would remind the Palestinian side that all the documents concerning Mr Arafat's health, concerning his medical treatment – all these documents are with them. Either with the family or with the Palestinian Authority government. So I say to them, instead of cultivating conspiracy theories why don't you just make everything public. That surely would clear up the matter.
This could not be happening without the acquiescence of the Syrian regime, which has apparently taken a decision to increase tension at the frontier in order to divert attention from the very real problems they face at home.
Iran's domination of Lebanon through its proxy Hezbollah, has destroyed any chance for peace, has turned Lebanon into an Iranian satellite state and made Lebanon a hub for regional terror and instability.
We want this process to succeed and that is why Prime Minister Netanyahu called upon President Abbas to continue with these talks- ultimately only through ongoing, intensive, direct and serious negotiations.
Israel welcomes the American invitation to start direct peace talks with the Palestinians without preconditions. Prime Minister Netanyahu has been calling to start such talks for a year and a half now.
Ultimately we believe the facts are on our side and we have no problem with this sort of objective and credible panel that will look into the investigations being done by the parties.
From now on, all items, all goods can enter in the Gaza strip, except those, weapons and other military items, duel use items, that can be used by the Hamas military machine.
We are currently in a 10-month moratorium on all new settlement construction. But of course in Israel we make a clear distinction between the West Bank and in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is our capital and it will remain as such.
Israel shares the hope expressed by Presisdent Obama that his efforts will indeed lead to a new period of peace and reconciliation in the Middle east, a period where Israel will be recognised as a Jewish state and that we can live without fear of violence and terrorism.
In this case, we have had to have indirect talks with Hezbollah, a cynical and brutal terrorist organisation that was deliberately manipulating the feelings of the loved ones of our servicemen.
Israelis hoped for his (Johnston's) safe release, just as we hope for the safe release of our own serviceman, Gilad Shalit, who's been held by Hamas for more than a year as a hostage.
The purpose of the Israeli operation is defensive in that we are trying to protect our citizens. We have unfortunately had hundreds of rockets launched from the Gaza Strip, 300 from Beit Hanoun alone. These rockets are aimed indiscriminately at our civilian population and it is our obligation to prevent such launches.
That is a direct violation of the UN Security Council resolution that established the ceasefire and we were responding to that violation of the ceasefire.
Hamas is responsible for the current escalation and they know how to end it. They have to release our serviceman immediately and unconditionally and they have to stop targeting Israeli cities with their terrorist rockets. If they do that there will be a ceasefire.
The review, at the moment, is ongoing. But pending a final decision, and a final decision hasn't been reached, I think it's fair to presume that Israel will not be automatically transferring funds to the Palestinian Authority.
The combination of a regime with a very radical agenda, together with a distorted sense of reality, as is clearly indicated by the statements we heard today, put together with nuclear weapons, I think that's a combination, a dangerous combination, that no-one in the international community can accept.