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A decision to call new elections will suspend the investigations and might even do away with them.
If he survives (the ballot) he will argue ... the people have cleared him of any wrongdoing. And then he will form the same coalition he has grown fed up with today.
(Netanyahu) now realizes just how misplaced the right wing's adulation over Donald Trump the Messiah was.
We had queued up to check in for the Tel Aviv flight when we heard three or four shots nearby. We are all outside the airport, about 200 metres from the entrance. There are policemen, emergency workers and soldiers everywhere in all directions. A security official told us that it happened near gates 37-38 where Turkish Airlines flights were scheduled.
Anti-Israel activists do not belong in the U.N. It is time to put an end to the practice in which U.N. officials use their position to advance their anti-Israel agenda.
The United States stands with our ally Israel and will continue to oppose biased and anti-Israel actions across the U.N. system and around the world.
To the settlers of Amona, I repeat, I gave you a commitment to build a new settlement and I will honor my commitment.
We are in talks with the White House and our intention is to reach an agreed policy for building in settlements which is agreeable to us, not only to the Americans.
The United States stands with our ally Israel and will continue to oppose biased and anti-Israel actions across the UN system and around the world.
To the residents of Amona, I reiterate: I gave you a promise to build a new community and I will honour that commitment.
That such anti-Israel propaganda would come from a body whose membership nearly universally does not recognize Israel is unsurprising. The United Nations Secretariat was right to distance itself from this report, but it must go further and withdraw the report altogether.
Everything that is published about me, it's all lies, evil lies that bear no connection with who I really am. The media uses me as a tool to try and topple the prime minister.
Today tourism looks for cities. We sell Israel through Tel Aviv.
From a messiah elected by divine miracle to deliver Israel from the injustices perpetrated by his predecessor, Trump could turn out to be the Israeli right wing's worst nightmare.
A background of policy-making in this matter is not necessarily a promise for success.
Time for morning prayer (shacharit) at unexpected stop in Frankfurt. Pray for peace.
We're seeing trading bilateral relationships between the UK and Israel, in science and trade for example, doing better than ever. But there's the potential to do even better, particularly in the context of Brexit. I was with Theresa May and Benjamin Netanyahu in London and it was clear there was the determination for this. Most businesspeople in Israel look at the UK as a great place to do business, because of its culture, language, and the predictability of the regulatory and tax systems.
I made it clear that regarding Syria, while Israel is not opposed that there should be an agreement there, we strongly oppose the possibility that Iran and its proxies will be left with a military presence in Syria under such an agreement.
I made it clear that regarding Syria, Israel has no objection to an agreement in Syria, but we strongly oppose the possibility that in such an agreement Iran and its proxies will maintain a military presence in Syria.
The lawful authorities who will be lawfully chosen in Syria would be the ones with the right to demand the withdrawal of all foreign powers from the country.
Given all this, it is hard to see what Putin could promise to Netanyahu. He might, and likely will, promise a lot, but is in no position to deliver.
He wants a backdoor solution. The problem in Gaza is political, not technical.
We will finish soon, we are in the final stages.
Active politicians and those on the benches waiting to enter, all of them have concluded that early elections are coming because of the investigation. They are starting to prepare themselves.
I will express to President Putin Israel's vigorous opposition to this possibility. I hope that we'll be able to reach certain understandings to lessen the possible friction between our forces and their forces, as we've successfully done so far.
I will express to President Putin Israel's vigorous opposition to this possibility.
I hope that we'll be able to reach certain understandings to lessen the possible friction between our forces and their forces, as we've successfully done so far.
Jews in America, that's supposed to work. To have these instances, is that an aberration? Or has the American president unleashed forces – willingly, unwillingly, consciously, unconsciously – but maybe he has unleashed forces that will challenge the place of Jews in America?
There is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump.
The unenviable challenge facing the Israeli government is how to express its visceral horror over the resurgence of anti-Semitism in the U.S. without becoming a pawn in America's partisan debate or jeopardizing its critical working relationship with the administration.
Anti-Semitism certainly has not disappeared. But there is much we can do to fight back.
We saw a lot of this left-radical, anti-Israeli feelings in the last 15 to 20 years. And a lot of people were trying to separate it from the anti-Semitism of the right. In fact, this difference is erasing itself.
Had been better informed.
I am absolutely certain ... that objective, expert officials will find, once and for all, that my actions were faultless and that I acted according to the law and in line with conflict-of-interest arrangements.
It is something that we need to fight together. I think this is important in Europe. It's important in America.
I've known the president and I've known his family and his team for a long time, and there is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump. I think we should put that to rest.
I've known the president and his family for a long time and there's no greater support of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump. They continue to call for Israel's destruction inside their schools, inside their mosques, inside their textbooks. You have to read it to believe it.
The U.N. is capable of many absurdities and I think it's important that you have straightforward and clear-eyed countries like Australia that often bring it back to earth.
My government will not support one-sided resolutions criticizing Israel of the kind recently adopted by the U.N Security Council and we deplore the boycott campaigns designed to delegitimise the Jewish state. We support an outcome which has two states where Israelis, the Israeli people, the Palestinian people live side-by-side as a result of direct negotiations between them.
Australia has been courageously willing to puncture U.N. hypocrisy more than once.
Anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.
I will tell you that anti-Semitism is horrible, and it's going to stop and it has to stop.
We all have a stake in making sure tolerance and diversity and progress win the day. That modernity wins the day against barbarism and medievalism.
This strengthens both our countries. We have extraordinary reputations within the world, but the fact is when we combine them, we have an even more powerful brand. That brand is very powerful. We spoke today about collaborating with third countries. We're already doing that in one African case. I think we should do that in many countries in Africa, many countries in the Pacific.
Jewish children in Kazakhstan were singing Hebrew songs as they sang here, in a Muslim state and that reflects the kind of world we like to see: a world of tolerance, a world of diversity as opposed to the world that is being challenged today by the forces of barbarism and intolerance. This is a battle for the future of humanity.
It's not only that we're both innovation nations. It's not only that we're small people that have defied the limitations of our size. It is that we're committed to a better world. A world of diversity, a world that follows the values that we as a people have held for so many years.
The Palestinian flag has been taken off the flagpole and was replaced with the Israeli flag.
I found that there was a bit more precision [on foreign policy], even if I found that on the Israeli-Palestinian dossier it was very confused and worrying. I wanted to remind him after the meeting between Donald Trump and [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu that in France's view there are no other options other than the perspective of a two-state solution and that the other option which Mr Tillerson brought up was not realistic, fair or balanced. With Russia we have some serious points of disagreement and they have to be put on the table.
"I found that there was a bit more precision (on foreign policy) even if I found that on the Israeli-Palestinian dossier it was very confused and worrying,". "I wanted to remind him after the meeting between Donald Trump and (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu that in France's view there are no other options other than the perspective of a two-state solution and that the other option which Mr Tillerson brought up was not realistic, fair or balanced".
I'm looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one that both parties like. I'm very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one. I thought for a while it looked like the two-state might be the easier of the two. But, honestly, if Bibi [Netanyahu], if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I'm happy with the one they like the best.
As far as settlements, I'd like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit. We'll work something out, but I would like to see a deal be made, I think a deal will be made. I'm looking at [a] two-state [solution] and one-state [solution] and I like the one that both parties like. I'm very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one. I thought for a while the two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two but honestly, if Bibi and if the Palestinians–if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I'm happy with the one they like the best.
After what came out after the meeting between Netanyahu and Trump, I am not exaggerating if I say that yesterday there was a semi-official announcement of the death of the path of negotiations. For the Israelis, there is no such thing as a Palestinian state.
"The Palestinian flag has been lowered and replaced by the Israeli flag,"
It was an opportunity for (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu to stop his lies about him supporting the two-state solution. We all know that he was lying in this issue and no one on earth will believe that Netanyahu is going for the two-state solution unless the Palestinian state will be established in another planet.
It was important for Netanyahu that Trump does not insist on two states, because there is some serious opposition, both in the Likud (Netanyahu's party) and the right-wing parties in the government, to the idea of a two-state solution.
I'm looking at two states and one state. I am very happy with the one that both parties like. I thought for a while the two state might be easier to do, but honestly, if Bibi [Netanyahu] and the Palestinians, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, then I am happy with the one they like the best. I would like to see a deal be made. It might be a bigger and better deal than people in this room even understand. It would take in many, many countries and it would cover a very large territory.
Would someone please reply to Netanyahu? Someone with some honor? Tell him, No, you are a liar, you are still our enemy?
I am not speaking about covertly. That is happening anyhow.
The Arabs will not accept anything the Palestinians don't.
The Arab states have already been dealing with Israel for quite some times. Iran now is a bigger threat than Israel, in the eyes of the Arab street, in the Gulf in particular. The Arab position is that the only way forward with Israel is to make peace with the Palestinians, based on the Arab Peace Initiative.
"So I am looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. I am very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one,". "I'd like to see you (Netanyahu) hold back on settlements for a little bit. We'll work something out, but I would like to see a deal be made. I think a deal will be made,". "Doesn't sound too optimistic, but that's okay. He's a good negotiator,".
Netanyahu received exactly what he wanted from the American president. One state, two states – what difference does it make? That is precisely the attitude Netanyahu wanted to see from the president - someone who doesn't have the foggiest clue what he is talking about.
Yes. I wouldn't say that he was surprised by my request.
I think we're going to make a deal, it might be a bigger and better deal than people in this room even understand. That's a possibility. So let's see what we do.
Well, he was never small. He was always big. He was always tall.
That doesn't sound too optimistic, but he's a good negotiator.
I like the one that both parties like. I'm very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one. As with any successful negotiation, both sides will have to make compromises. You know that, right?
I think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media -- as I call it, the fake media in many case. And I think it's really a sad thing that he was treated so badly. General Flynn is a wonderful man. I think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media.
The United States will encourage a peace and really a great peace deal. We will be working on it very, very diligently. But it is the parties themselves who must directly negotiate such an agreement.
Michael Flynn – General Flynn – is a wonderful man. I think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media, as I call it, the fake media in many cases. And I think it's really a sad thing that he was treated so badly.
"Can I reveal, Jared, how long we've known you?". "I've known the president and his family and his team for a long time and there is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump.".
We'll work something out but I'd like to see a deal be made. I think a deal will be made.
"We'll work something out but I'd like to see a deal be made. I think a deal will be made,"
Can I reveal, Jared, how long we've known you? I've known the president and his family and his team for a long time and there is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump.
The Palestinian flag was today lowered from the mast and replaced with the Israeli flag.
The United States will encourage a peace and really a great peace deal. We will be working on it very, very diligently. But it is the parties themselves who must directly negotiate such an agreement. I'm happy with the one they like the best. The security challenges faced by Israel are enormous, including the threat of Iran's nuclear ambitions, which I've talked a lot about. One of the worst deals I've ever seen is the Iran deal. My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing - I mean ever - a nuclear weapon.
You're going to see a lot of love. We're looking at it with great care.
Gen. Flynn is a wonderful man. I think he has been treated very, very unfairly by the media, as I call it, the fake media in many cases. And I think it is really a sad thing that he was treated so badly. I think it is very, very unfair what has happened to Gen. Flynn. The way he was treated and the documents and papers that were illegally, I stress that, illegally leaked.
As the President has made clear, his administration will work to achieve comprehensive agreement that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict so that Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace and security. The way forward toward that goal will also be discussed between the President and the Prime Minister.
There is no Plan B to the situation between Palestinians and Israelis but a two-state solution. ... Everything must be done to preserve that possibility.
All the Cabinet ministers oppose a Palestinian state, including Netanyahu. We don't need to dictate a position to the president of the United States.
It's going to succeed in no small part because both President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu have a very big stake in wanting to demonstrate that whatever the problems were with the last administration, they are now gone.
The challenge to Netanyahu is domestic. He spent so much time arguing that Mr. Obama was the problem that now that we are in the post-Obama era, his right-wing coalition partners want to exploit the moment and take huge steps that would further isolate Israel, trigger international condemnation from other corners, and potentially destabilize the land and Israeli politics.
There's a lot of mending of fences that has to happen between the Netanyahu government and a lot of Democrats who feel like he unnecessarily politicized the U.S.-Israeli relationship.
While we don't believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal. As the President has expressed many times, he hopes to achieve peace throughout the Middle East region.
This is especially true on a highly emotive and political issue like Israel, where candidates can get carried away and tend to promise more than they can and may want to deliver.
"While we don't believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal,"
I am thinking about the embassy, I am studying the embassy [issue], and we will see what happens. The embassy is not an easy decision. It has obviously been out there for many, many years, and nobody has wanted to make that decision. I'm thinking about it very seriously, and we will see what happens.
I want Israel to be reasonable with respect to peace. I want to see peace happen. I would like to see a level of reasonableness of both parties, and I think we have a good chance of doing that. Every time you take land for settlements, there is less land left. I am not somebody that believes that going forward with these settlements is a good thing for peace. The embassy is not an easy decision. It has obviously been out there for many, many years, and nobody has wanted to make that decision. I'm thinking about it very seriously, and we will see what happens.
Netanyahu seeks to shift the discussion in the U.S.-Israel relationship away from settlements and peace and back to Iran so that he can put off the difficult political decisions that would roil his coalition and put his rule in jeopardy.
The alliance between Israel and America has always been extremely strong and it's about to get even stronger. Donald Trump and I see eye-to-eye on the dangers emanating from the region but also on the opportunities. We'll talk about both as well as upgrading the relations between Israel and the United States in many, many fields.
The alliance between Israel and America has always been extremely strong. It's about to get even stronger. President Trump and I see eye to eye on the dangers emanating from the region, but also on the opportunities,'' Netanyahu said Monday as he boarded a plane to Washington. What I hope will come out of the meeting is this kind of understanding, putting the foundation very firmly in place.
Already in the first weeks of the Trump administration we've seen some very cautious, very careful statements coming out of the White House, suggesting that U.S. policy has not changed that much, that the desire to achieve peace in the Middle East, is still very much on the agenda, So I think in many respects, campaign promises get reshaped into something less dramatic once the reality of governing hits.
It is not only their statements - what the government of the extreme right in Israel does on the ground prevents any chance of the establishment of a Palestinian state.
I think all members of the security cabinet, and foremost the prime minister, oppose a Palestinian state. No one thinks in the next few years that a Palestinian state is something that, God forbid, might or should happen. The prime minister has to weigh things according to what he feels in the meeting and the positions he encounters there. No one knows what the positions of the president and his staff are.
I understand there's great excitement about this meeting (with Trump). But ... my primary concern is Israel's security (and) strengthening our solid alliance with the United States. Requires responsible policies, policies that are given careful consideration - and that's how I intend to act.
"They (settlements) don't help the process. I can say that. There is so much land left. And every time you take land for settlements, there is less land left. But we are looking at that, and we are looking at some other options we'll see. But no, I am not somebody that believes that going forward with these settlements is a good thing for peace.". "Well, I think we are going to have a better relationship,".
Well, I want Israel to be reasonable with respect to peace. I want to see peace happen. It should happen. After all these years. ... Maybe there is even a chance for a bigger peace than just Israel and the Palestinians. I would like to see a level of reasonableness of both parties, and I think we have a good chance of doing that.
"It seems we are headed for a new policy with this administration that is different from its predecessor in how it deals with the Palestinian leadership and the Palestinian cause,"
There are many decisions that are hostile to the Palestinians. Trump made some promises during the election that cannot be applied on the ground because it would create uncertainty, violence and instability which will be beyond anyone's ability to control.
It seems we are headed for a new policy with this administration that is different from its predecessor in how it deals with the Palestinian leadership and the Palestinian cause.
At my upcoming meeting with President Trump in Washington, I intend to raise the renewal of sanctions against Iran in this context and in other contexts. Iranian aggression must not go unanswered.
I do believe that our right over our fatherland is something that cannot be denied.
At the end of the day, behind all the talk there is a simple question: What do we want for the future of Israel?
We are voting tonight on our right to the land. We are voting tonight on the connection between the Jewish people and its land. This whole land is ours. All of it.
I'd like to talk to you about how we can ensure that Iran's aggression does not go unanswered. Iran seeks to annihilate Israel, it seeks to conquer the Middle East, it threatens Europe, it threatens the West, it threatens the world. And it offers provocation after provocation. That's why I welcome President Trump's assistance of new sanctions against Iran. I think other nations should follow suit, certainly responsible nations.
We remain committed to a two-state solution as the best way of brokering stability and peace.
This is an escalation that would only lead to more instability and chaos. It is unacceptable. It is denounced and the international community should act immediately.
People on the right haven't got the courage to tell the settlers the truth. It is reasonable to assume that the bill will not pass.
"This sweeping and dangerous law permits the expropriation of vast tracts of private Palestinian land, giving absolute preference to the political interests of Israel as an occupying power and to Israeli settlers,"
The idea is that we are taking land from someone, accidentally or not, and then are getting rid of him without him getting in a word, without him participating in the legislation. This is something destructive that must be stopped.
What has been established cannot be destroyed.
The statement is very clear .... It says: 'Wait for the meeting between Prime Minister Netanyahu ... and President Trump, and then we will determine the policy.
Nothing is more natural and morally just than Jews building in Judea. We look forward to working closely with our friends in the new Trump administration to build a brighter future all.
Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!
We need actions rather than words to strop the Israeli settlements expansion, which is violating the international law and killing the two-state solution.
We all understand the depth of the pain and therefore we will establish a new settlement on state land. Already yesterday I formed a team that will determine the settlement location and get everything ready. And we will act so that it happens as soon as possible.
If they want it they can take it, we will not fight. We will leave, but we will come back.
There is a great pain, a huge disappointment. They are uprooting a community in Israel. It is a terrible thing.
"There is a great pain, a huge disappointment. They are uprooting a community in Israel. It is a terrible thing,"
Iran again launched a ballistic missile. This is a flagrant violation of a Security Council Resolution. In my upcoming meeting with President Trump, I intend to bring up the renewal of sanctions against Iran. Iran's aggression cannot be left without a response.
I take this opportunity to explain or clarify what I did and did not say in my tweet the other night. I thought you'd be interested in that. I did point out the remarkable success of Israel's security fence. But I did not comment about U.S. – Mexico relations. We've had, and will continue to have, good relations with Mexico. And I believe our ties are much stronger than any passing disagreement or misunderstanding. And in fact, I've had a long, fruitful and very friendly relationship with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and it will continue. President Trump is right.
The left-wing media is engaged in a Bolshevik hunt, brainwashing and character assassination against me and my family.
It happens every day and night. They are producing about us a flood, there is no other word for it, a flood of fake news.
I would ask Prime Minister Netanyahu how many walls has President Trump said he wants to build? It's obvious he was referring to the relationship with Mexico, and we should be serious and assume responsibility for what we say. We are expecting a clarification, a rectification. I think an apology ... would be appropriate in this case. It's absolutely incomprehensible that its prime minister should express himself in this way, which frankly we consider an aggression.
Our relationship with the only democracy in the Middle East is crucial to the security of both our nations. And the president looks forward to discussing continued strategic, technological, military and intelligence cooperation with the prime minister. I think with respect to, you know, Israel and the Jewish people specifically, there's been no better friend than Donald Trump when it comes to protecting Israel.
It is very possible that Netanyahu is trying to take advantage of this time and of the change of administration in the United States for his own advantage. More than anything, I think that Netanyahu is trying to change the public debate in Israel to divert the conversation away from his investigations, from the corruption allegations that he is dealing with.
It's fun. I enjoy it. Guess what? We should have the freedom to criticize them, and that's what I do on occasion. And it's a lot of fun.
He speaks directly to the people and can bypass the often deeply biased traditional media. The prime minister's innovative use of social media is making Israel accessible and understood to countless people around the globe.
The women have chosen to seek a modern life by abandoning the customs and traditions of their home villages but at the same time, as ethnic Palestinians in Tel Aviv, they encounter discrimination.
I want to take the opportunity to make it unequivocally clear that our position has always been, and remains so now and at all times, that the US embassy should be here, in Jerusalem.
President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel's southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great Success. Great idea.
"A serious mistake by Netanyahu,". "It is a needless declaration of war on Mexico and Hispanics and a rupture with the Democrats (including the majority of U.S. Jews). It doesn't matter what we think of the wall, don't we have enough troubles of our own?".
A serious mistake by Netanyahu. It is a needless declaration of war on Mexico and Hispanics and a rupture with the Democrats (including the majority of U.S. Jews). It doesn't matter what we think of the wall, don't we have enough troubles of our own?
Israel's challenges with Sinai border not similar to US border. Hard to explain this intervention on a hotly debated issue in domestic US politics. Unless this endorsement is Trump's demand of Netanyahu for something Netanyahu wants, the quid pro quo. But for what? Canceling the Iran deal? Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem? Supporting building in settlement blocs? To me, it looks like Trump is already squeezing Netanyahu hard. The Art of the Deal.'.
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and it is proper that not only should the American embassy be here, but all embassies should come here, and I believe that over time most of them will indeed come here, to Jerusalem. I would like to note again that our fundamental alliance is with the United States. There is no substitute for this alliance. Our relations are tight and getting tighter and I would like to take this opportunity to make it unequivocally clear that our position has always been, and will always be, that the U.S. embassy needs to be here, in Jerusalem.
There is no substitute for this alliance. Our relations are tight and getting tighter, and I would like to take this opportunity to make it unequivocally clear that our position has always been, and will always be, that the US embassy needs to be here, in Jerusalem.
Hard to explain this intervention on a hotly debated issue in domestic U.S. politics. Unless this endorsement is Trump's demand of Netanyahu for something Netanyahu wants. To me, it looks like Trump is already squeezing Netanyahu hard.
President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel's southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great Idea. Who even mentioned Mexico? It doesn't surprise me. The media is left-wing, mobilized on a Bolshevik hunt [against me], [dedicated to] brainwashing, and character assassination against me and my family.
President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel's southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea. We have signed international obligations, so welcoming refugees fleeing war and oppression forms part of our duties. The United States is responsible for the United States' policy on refugees.
The goal is to pressure the attorney-general to press charges at any cost. There is no limit to the hounding, the persecution, the lies.
We're going to have a meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu and we'll continue to discuss that. Israel continues to be a huge ally of the United States, he [Trump] wants to grow closer with Israel, to make sure that it gets the full respect that it deserves in the Middle East. We are at the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject.
Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria are the answer to peace. We hope to continue building a peaceful future with the blessing of the new Trump administration.
This decision destroys the two-state solution. We call on the international community to hold Israel accountable immediately.
We say to Mr. Trump that we hope he will not move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem because Jerusalem from the Israeli point of view is a united city and this is not correct and illegal. Therefore, moving the embassy to any place will be a step ahead of anything that may happen in the future and will damage the peace process.
We've been through eight difficult years of Obama, who pressured us to freeze construction. I hope that era is over, and from this moment on we will continue to build and develop Jerusalem for the good of its residents, Jews and Arabs as one, in order to strengthen sovereignty over a united Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
By targeting specifically Jerusalem, they are making use of the statements during the Trump election campaign, about recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and therefore, legalising Israel's illegal annexation of Jerusalem in order to expand its settlement activities in Jerusalem, particularly in the two areas of Ramat Eshkol and Ramot.
It is time to stop dealing with Israel as a state above the law.
We have issued a ground stop for all domestic mainline flights due to an IT issue. We are working as quickly as possible to resolve this issue and get our customers to their final destinations. We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers.
This evening there will be a telephone conversation between President Trump and myself. There are many issues between us, including the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the situation in Syria and the Iranian threat.
For the first time in 50 years, the prime minister can decide: either sovereignty or Palestine. The continuation of the Bar-Ilan/Palestine line will be a disaster for generations to come. We will work toward sovereignty.
For the first time in 50 years the Israeli Prime Minister has the chance to make a decision: either sovereignty or Palestine.
I intend to keep leading the Likud and the country for many more years.
There will be nothing because there is nothing.
I would never have imagined these two big enemies would be sitting down together and discussing how to shape Israel and the media landscape. This deal, if it's really true, is a threat to Israel as a democratic state and to freedom of the press.
I think he is an honest guy.
Given where things are going and what is happening, that is particularly important.
I don't think it caused a major rupture in relations between the United States and Israel. If you're saying that Prime Minister Netanyahu got fired up, he's been fired up repeatedly during the course of my presidency, around the Iran deal and around our consistent objection to settlements. So that part of it wasn't new. And despite all the noise and hullabaloo – military cooperation, intelligence cooperation, all of that has continued.
A two-state solution is the only possible one.
Both parties are very far apart and their relationship is one of distrust – a particularly dangerous situation. Our collective responsibility is to bring Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table. We know it is difficult, but is there an alternative? No, there isn't.
We have heard in the media that the US administration wants to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. We hope this news is not true, because it is not encouraging and will disrupt and hinder the peace process.
Anti-Semitism, regardless in which form, is a crime against humanity. If Israel as a state is threatened and ceases to exist, that is the beginning of Europe's downfall.
The settlement issue has become a barrier to a two-state solution. Bibi says he that believes in two-state solution and yet his actions have consistently shown that if he's pressured to approve more settlements he will do so, regardless of what he says of the importance of a two-state solution.
The most important thing to understand is that we are under attack by a new kind of lone terrorist who decides to do something in an instant. The guard, the officers and the soldiers who acted quickly yesterday thwarted greater disaster.
We know the identity of the attacker and according to all the signs he is a supporter of the Islamic State. I have just come from a meeting with the defense minister, the chief of staff, the head of the Shin Bet and others about steps we need to take. We know that these are a series of attacks and there definitely could be a link between them, from France to Berlin, and now Jerusalem.
We know the identity of the terrorist. All signs are indicating he is a supporter of the Islamic State [of Iraq and the Levant group].
We are here after a brutal and tragic terror attack where four soldiers were murdered, three female soldiers and a male soldier. We know the identity of the attacker, according to all the signs he was a supporter of the Islamic State. We have blockaded Jabel Mukaber, the neighbourhood he came from.
It may be quiet, it may linger, but it will never end.
Unfortunately, there is no limit to the cruelty of terrorists who spare no means in killing Jews and disrupting their way of life. Those who incite and support terror must pay a heavy price.
This is wrong, incessant pressure from the media on law enforcement. They release balloons and the hot air comes out of them time after time. That will be the case here too.
We see and hear the festive spirit in the television studios and in the corridors of the opposition. I want to tell them to put the festivities on hold. Do not rush. I told you and I repeat: there will be nothing because there is nothing. You continue blowing hot air balloons and we will continue to lead the State of Israel.
The nature of the investigation precludes us at this stage from giving details of the ongoing investigation but we will consider releasing more information from time to time according to developments.
Wait with the celebrations, don't rush. I've said it before and I'll say it once again: there will be nothing because there is nothing.
The nature of the investigation precludes us at this stage from giving details of the ongoing investigation. But we will consider releasing more information from time to time according to developments.
Israel is always the bad guy in the eyes of the United Nations.
This is a difficult and painful day for all of us, first and foremost for Elor and his family. I support granting a pardon to Elor Azaria.
I think we are witnessing a very dangerous phenomenon where the division in Israeli society is trickling into the army. This is a very severe trend that is being exacerbated by irresponsible, unrelenting politicians.
The settler leadership wants to fashion the military anew as part of its plan to impose its religious-political vision on all of Israel ... to reject the founding principles upon which Israel was established and to replace them with a reactionary and messianic vision.
The point of the measure seems to be to bash Obama on the way out.
How populist can our politicians be? They say with one side of their mouths that they respect the court and demand with the other something that negates, cancels and disparages the verdict.
The military enjoys traditionally a very high rate of support of the overall public. We do not want that to be diminished, and degraded.
The mothers and fathers of IDF fighters are watching, and they want to know that there is a system here that is supportive.
If you want the justice system to be taken seriously, you have to punish something like this. The court can't be influenced by the changing political climate.
We must keep the army outside every political argument ... and keep it in the widest consensus in Israeli society.
I support granting Elor Azaria a pardon.
Today a soldier who killed a terrorist who deserved to die, who tried to slaughter a soldier, was placed in handcuffs and convicted as a criminal. You are our heroes; the people are behind you. Continue to watch over the citizens of Israel and yourselves.
North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the United States. It won't happen!
This is a hard and painful day for us all – first and foremost for Elor and his family, for IDF soldiers, for many citizens, and for the parents of our soldiers, myself included. I urge all citizens to act responsibly toward the IDF, the officers, and the IDF chief… IDF soldiers are our sons and daughters, and they must remain above all conflict. I support pardoning Elor Azaria.
I've said it before and I'll say it once again: there will be nothing because there is nothing. You will continue to release hot air balloons into the air and we will continue leading the state of Israel.
I wish for him and his family, and the State of Israel, that we uncover that there was no fault in his behaviour. If two prime ministers in a row fall from office because of corruption, it will be very hard to rehabilitate the public's trust in its leadership.
I suggest that the opposition calm down, and send an all-clear siren to the tailors.
We do not believe that it is appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically-elected government of an ally.
In voting at the UN, the (Australian) Coalition Government has consistently not supported one-sided resolutions targeting Israel.
I don't know that Israel has the commitment to make [a peace deal], and I don't know that the other side has the commitment to make it.
I don't think there's going to be issues of any significance or consequence in which Trump and Netanyahu will differ.
Saying such a thing was almost blasphemous in Washington, which is a very openly pro-Israel space. As his campaign went forward, we saw a lot of things that suggested he wasn't interested in being neutral at all.
Israelis do not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by foreign leaders. The Israeli prime minister publicly supports a two-state solution, but his current coalition is the most right-wing in Israeli history, with an agenda driven by the most extreme elements. The settler agenda is defining the future in Israel. And their stated purpose is clear: They believe in one state: greater Israel.
What we laid out today was a very constructive, pro-Israel, pro-region, pro-Palestinian, pro-the communities' ability to try to make peace. Why are people fighting peace? What is suddenly in the air that people want to go down a road which is so obviously confrontational? For years, Republican and Democratic administrations alike have invested in two states.
Despite our best efforts over the years, the two-state solution is now in serious jeopardy. We cannot, in good conscience, do nothing, and say nothing, when we see the hope of peace slipping away.
We are not about to be swayed by a mistaken policy that could cause big, big damage. Israelis do not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by foreign leaders. I must express my deep disappointment with the speech today of John Kerry, a speech that was almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution past at the U.N. last week.
I must express my deep disappointment with the speech today of John Kerry. The speech that was as almost unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution that passed last week.
If we're serious about the two-state solution, it's time to start implementing it now, and advance the process of separation. It could make a significant difference in saving the two-state solution and in building confidence in the citizens of both sides.
No one wants peace more than the people of Israel. Israel remains committed to resolving the outstanding differences between us and the Palestinians through direct negotiations.
Israelis do not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by foreign leaders. Israel's hand has been extended since Day One. It is a shame that Secretary Kerry does not see this simple truth.
For a full hour, the secretary of state attacked the only democracy in the Middle East. I have no doubt that we will endure the profound disagreement we have had with the Obama administration. I don't seek applause. I seek the security, peace, and prosperity of the Jewish people and the Jewish state. We are not about to be swayed by mistaken policies that have caused great damage.
Israelis do not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by foreign leaders. We have it on absolutely incontestable evidence the U.S. organized, advanced and brought this resolution to the Security Council. Israel looks forward to working with President-elect Trump and with the American Congress – Democrats and Republicans alike – to mitigate the damage this resolution has done and ultimately repeal it.
The Obama administration made a shameful, underhanded move.
I did not plan to be here this evening but in light of the U.N. resolution I thought that there was no better place to light the second Hanukkah candle than the Western Wall. I ask those same countries that wish us a Happy Hanukkah how they could vote for a U.N. resolution which says that this place, in which we are now celebrating Hanukkah, is occupied territory?
I instructed the Foreign Ministry to complete within a month a re-evaluation of all our contacts with the United Nations, including the Israeli funding of U.N. institutions and the presence of U.N. representatives in Israel. I have already instructed to stop about 30 million shekels ($7.8 million) in funding to five U.N. institutions, five bodies, that are especially hostile to Israel ... and there is more to come.
He put out a statement about the Egyptian motion that was going to happen at the UN. It was revoked. President al-Sisi called, Prime Minister Netanyahu called. He [Trump]is getting results, whether it's domestically or abroad.
Despite the Israeli occupation, our presence in our homeland and the preservation of our cultural and national heritage are the most important form of resistance in the face of the darkness of a foreign colonialist occupying power.
France is still determined to hold a conference in Paris to reaffirm the necessity of a two-state solution.
We have already treated thousands of wounded from the tragedy in Syria. I want us to find ways of bringing women, children and also men, if they are non-combatants, from Aleppo for treatment in Israeli hospitals.
After nearly a year of efforts, France will hold during January an international conference bringing together all the states attached to (seeking) peace. Everyone knows that only the Israelis and Palestinians will be able to conclude a peace directly, but we have to recognise today that the conditions are not in place today to restart the negotiations.
There are ways, various ways of undoing [the deal]. I have about five things in my mind.
It's difficult to see the advantage for the U.S. in abrogating the deal at this stage. It would be nearly impossible to convince Europe, Russia and China to restore their sanctions on Iran in the absence of clear evidence of Iranian violations of the deal. So any sanctions the U.S. restored would have much less impact on the Iranian economy.
It may be possible in time to build up support for a multilateral restoration of sanctions. But at the moment that's just not really the case - and ending U.S. participation in the deal right now would make it more, not less, difficult.
I think Iran didn't rush to the bomb before there was a deal. No, because they were afraid of retribution.
We have to recreate the conditions for a two-state solution and we are determined more than ever to do everything to implement our initiative. The sooner the better.
Naftali Bennett has scared him more than the U.S. administration and more than the European Union. Even though Netanyahu has been prime minister for 11 years, he still remains more a politician than a leader.
The era of the Palestinian state is over.
Additionally, we will provide the International Criminal Court with information about this and other steps taken by the Israeli government.
The prime minister will come out looking good to his supporters once again -- after all, (it will be seen that) he tried to legalize the theft of lands in the West Bank, and it was the Supreme Court that got in his way.
We call upon all states of the United Nations, particularly Security Council members, to support a forthcoming resolution on settlements.
You don't have statues like this in all of Israel. The provocation is touching a very, very, very open wound in this country.
Many people in Israel refer to Benjamin Netanyahu as 'The King Bibi' so it was only natural to put the King on the square of the Kings, the previous name of Rabin Square. I just want to ask the question like to see if it's going to make some change in the people's mind.
In the social media, there have been tens of thousands of comments about 'King Bibi'. I simply made it a reality and put it in its deserved place, the Kings of Israel Square.
There will be no advance and separate peace with the Arab world without the Palestinian process and Palestinian peace.
Israel is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. That has not changed and will not change. As far as President-elect Trump, I look forward to speaking to him about what to do about this bad deal.
I oppose the deal because it doesn't prevent Iran from getting nukes, it paves the way for Iran to get nuclear weapons. The problem isn't so much that Iran will break the deal but that Iran will keep it.
He (Trump) has a clear vision of America's role in dominance in the world. I don't think he's going to put the world aside, I don't see that at all. In fact, I think the contrary is true.
The problem isn't so much that Iran will break the deal, but that Iran will keep it because it just can walk in within a decade, and even less ... to industrial-scale enrichment of uranium to make the core of an arsenal of nuclear weapons. So the problem how to deal with this deal is something that I will discuss with ... President Trump when he takes office.
He has elevated me beyond what I deserve. I mean, it is such an overreaction even from his perspective.
This is a man who understands the media and understands how to use it to his advantage. And attacking it is what works for him now. The problem is that by making it personal, he is displaying complete contempt toward ethical journalism and undermining the role it plays in a liberal society.
As we saw in the recent American election, the media's personal slander doesn't convince the public.
I think I have earned his bitterness and hatred honestly.
It's a political blame game: who will be the guilty one if the bulldozers demolish Amona. Bennett and Netanyahu each want the other guy to be the baddy.
This is a really big deal, worth billions of shekels. If it's fishy, it should be checked. We don't know who knew what and when and why certain decisions were taken. There are serious concerns, and they deserve a national inquiry.
So far there are 13 persons arrested in the last hours. Another suspect was arrested from the Abu Tor area in Jerusalem. He was carrying means to commit arson.
Every fire that was caused by arson, or incitement to arson, is terrorism by all accounts – and we will treat it as such. Whoever tries to burn parts of Israel will be punished for it severely.
According to the weather forecast I'm hearing here, we can say that the conditions of drought and wind have created natural blazes, but there are also some unnatural blazes, so we can't rule out arson.
It's likely that where it was arson, it goes in the direction of nationalistic.
Meteorology is not responsible but it is conducive to the spread of these fires. The atmosphere will remain very dry, at least until Monday or Tuesday.
This has of course influenced the level of interest on mortgages, which is also very low. It is important to remember that mortgage interest is also influenced by other factors, such as the bond market, credit risk and more, and as these indicators have changed we have seen mortgage interest rates rise over the past year.
The attorney-general told the committee that the bill does not sit with the basic principles of the rule of law as it contradicts the position that the state must respect the judiciary's decisions in individual cases.
I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region, The ironclad bond between the United States and Israel is rooted in shared values, buttressed by shared interests and driven by a shared destiny. I am confident that President-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights.
Netanyahu's emissary is on a death mission to destroy what's left of Israeli media.
What we see is an across the board attempt by Mr Netanyahu and his government to control all forms of media. I don't think we should even try to imagine what will happen to Israel as a society and a democracy if those attempts succeed.
The corporation has been hijacked by people whose agenda is leftist and anti-government.
The theatre of the absurd at UNESCO continues and today the organisation adopted another delusional decision which says that the people of Israel have no connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.
Israel pretends that in this decision Palestinians and the Arab group denies the historic and importance of the old city of Jerusalem to the Jewish people, actually if you read the third paragraph of the decision you will see that it starts by the recognition of the historic importance for the three monotheistic religions.
I am ready to negotiate all final status, but one thing I will never negotiate is the right to a one and only Jewish state.
I'm sure President Obama will do so tomorrow as well.
I wouldn't rule out the president taking any particular step.
We have been concerned about some of the trends as it relates to the prospect of peace. We've been concerned about continued settlement activity, the potential viability of a Palestinian state in the face of that settlement activity. And we've raised those directly with the Israeli government. I'm sure President Obama will do so tomorrow as well.
I would like to thank President Obama and his administration for this historic deal. I also thank our many, many friends in the American Congress and the American people for their support, bi-partisan support from the United States.
Ministers are appointed to resolve crises, not create them.
The [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu government decided to expand the settlement in the heart of Hebron, one of the most crucial and controversial settlements. They are doing it by bending the laws and allowing settlers in a military base in an unprecedented way, and we think it is bad for Israel and bad for the future of the two state solution.
The deficit targets were raised, despite the fact that the current economic environment is actually contributing to higher tax revenues, and therefore to a lower deficit.
That is the reason why he raised the election threshold… and also for this 'ousting' legislation – because he is scared of our impact. We make up 20 percent of the population. If we become legitimate in the country, he will not remain prime minister and the right wing will no longer rule the country.
Israel has a special place in Ethiopia and Ethiopia has a special place in Israel.
An attempted assassination can't be secret. It has to be something visible, and to my knowledge there was absolutely nothing of the sort.
We have a commitment and we are keeping it on a humanitarian basis and on the basis of family reunifications. It will take place in the current budget.
This is a deeply moving day for me. Forty years ago they landed in the dead of night in a country led by a brutal dictator who gave refuge to terrorists. Today we landed in broad daylight in a friendly country led by a president who fights terrorists.
Jerusalem "represented to him our ability to rise from the pit and reach new heights. The memory of this man, who taught us what memory is, will be enshrined in our hearts and in the heart of humanity forever.
What were you doing there, Elie Wiesel? Netanyahu is my prime minister. You are not an Israeli citizen. You do not live here. The Iranian threat to destroy Israel does not apply to you. You are a Jew who lives in America. This is not your problem.
Something happens to people when they become Mossad and Shin Bet directors. They turn into leftists.
I think it is an important step here to normalise relations on one side. It has also immense implications for the Israeli economy and I use that word advisedly, immense implications for the Israeli economy and I mean positive immense implications.
With this deal, our relations with Israel will be normalised. After the Mavi Marmara incident, the embargo which is currently in force in Gaza will be lifted on large scale. This has been achieved through Turkish leadership. The most important thing is Israel has apologised to us about the incident in 2010.
There is no direct impact on Israel, except for the fact that we are part of the global economy. Israel's economy is strong, it has very considerable foreign exchange reserves, therefore, to the extent there is some effect, it is not expected to be strong, other than the unrest in the global economy.
Interest rates will remain unchanged until at least the middle of 2017 and the Bank of Israel will buy foreign currency in the event of a rapid strengthening of the shekel.
The reality is that there is no possibility of any other state playing as much of a role as the U.S.. Netanyahu will try forge stronger ties with the next U.S. president.
Russia is a global power and our relations are getting closer. I worked on this rapprochement and today it is serving us, our national security, preventing unneeded and dangerous clashes at our northern border.
I was unable to swallow the frog that landed this week (the departure of General Moshe Ya'alon) and appointment of Avigdor Lieberman as defence minister, a year after I was appointed.
I have undergone surgery to lengthen my fuse.
I've been looking out for Israel's security. I haven't done such a bad job in my years as premier, and that is how it will be now.
Broadening the government, with the inclusion of the Yisrael Beitenu party in the nationalist coalition, is an important and required step that will ensure its stability.
I am sorry that you are the one who slammed the door. I am sorry that you chose to abandon the good of the country in favor of your political interests.
We appreciate Mr. Yaalon's leadership and partnership as defence minister and we look forward to working with his successor. Our bonds of friendship are unbreakable and our commitment to the security of Israel remains absolute.
I think that he should have continued to be a full partner in the governance of the state, in the post of foreign minister. The change in distribution of portfolios was not a result of a crisis of trust between us. It was a result of the need to broaden the government in order to bring stability to the state of Israel in the face of the great challenges ahead of us.
I reckon that had (he) not been asked to leave the Defence Ministry, he would not have quit.
"In the future I will return to contend for Israel's national leadership,"
"To my great regret, I have recently found myself in difficult disputes over matters of principle and professionalism with the prime minister, a number of cabinet members and some lawmakers,"
"The reshuffle in portfolios did not result from a crisis in faith between us. It resulted from the need to expand the government so as to bring stability to the State of Israel given the great challenges it faces,"
"The State of Israel is patient and tolerant towards the weak among it and minorities … But to my great regret extremist and dangerous elements have overrun Israel as well as the Likud party, shaking up our home and threatening harm to those in it,"
Our bonds of friendship are unbreakable and our commitment to the security of Israel remains absolute.
In the future I will return to contend for Israel's national leadership. The reshuffle in portfolios did not result from a crisis in faith between us. It resulted from the need to expand the government so as to bring stability to the State of Israel given the great challenges it faces.
Unfortunately, I have recently found myself confronted by hard dilemmas on issues of principle and professional matters with the prime minister, a number of ministers and several Knesset members.
The State of Israel is patient and tolerant toward the weak among it and minorities … But to my great regret extremist and dangerous elements have overrun Israel as well as the Likud party, shaking up the national home and threatening harm to those in it. In the future I will return to contend for Israel's national leadership.
To my great regret, I have recently found myself in difficult disputes over matters of principle and professionalism with the prime minister, a number of cabinet members and some lawmakers. In the future I will return to contend for Israel's national leadership.
I told him the only way to advance genuine peace between us and the Palestinians is through direct negotiations between us and them, without preconditions.
Here, several years ago, in the situation room of the ministry of foreign affairs, we dealt with a siege that grew ever tighter around our people in the Israeli embassy in Cairo. A wild mob came to slaughter our people and that night we worked with all the tools at our disposal, including threats to extract them using the Israel Defense Forces, which finally tipped the scale.
If the government and the Knesset (parliament) choose to adopt a two-year budget, it is very important to avoid the problems we have seen in the past with such a budget, particularly an accumulation of budgetary commitments that over time become harder to include.
We will find who prepared this explosive device. We will discover who carried it out. We will also get to those behind them. We will settle the score with these terrorists.
Cooperation between Israel and China can produce massive results, and we believe that Israel can be the perfect partner.
Peace won't come through U.N. Security Council resolutions but through direct negotiations between the parties. The best formula for achieving peace remains two states for two peoples in which a demilitarized Palestinian state finally recognises the Jewish state.
We say, unequivocally, that we do not countenance ad hominem attacks and we take great offence against those that are levied against the president of the United States of America from our stage.
Some things aren't negotiable. And anyone who doesn't understand that has no business being our president.
I've studied this issue in greater detail than almost anybody. The biggest concern with the deal is not necessarily that Iran is going to violate it, although it already has, the bigger problem is that they can keep the terms and still get to the bomb by simply running out the clock.
We need steady hands, not a president who says he's neutral on Monday, pro-Israel on Tuesday, and who-knows-what on Wednesday because everything's negotiable.
Bibi (Netanyahu) thinks it can be accommodated, and I believe he believes it. I don't.
We have decided to redirect the amount of funds that Trump contributed to ADL over the years specifically into anti-bias education programs that address exactly the kind of stereotyping and scapegoating he has injected into this political season. We are taking this step to demonstrate that, even as the campaign has surfaced ugly rhetoric, we can reach higher.
I consider BB Netanyahu a war criminal, do you?
Very, very pro-Israel, nobody is more pro-Israel, but I would like to give it a shot.
We are in an ongoing struggle against terror. There have been ups and downs in this struggle. We are using many different measures, including resolute ones we have not used in the past. These include a closure on the Hebron district – 700,000 people – and revoking all working permits in the village of Bani Naim, where six attackers came from.
The chief of staff stated the obvious and, in any case, the IDF and security forces operate accordingly. The debate stems from ignorance or an attempt at political bashing and it is wrong.
There were places where a 13-year-old girl was holding scissors or a knife and there was an obstacle between her and the soldiers.
The words of the Secretary-General only bolster terrorism. There is no justification for terrorism, period. The Palestinian murderers do not want to build a state. They want to destroy a state as they declare publicly. The UN has long ago lost its neutrality and its moral powers and these words by the Secretary-General don't help its case.
What is clear is that Iran will now have more resources to dedicate to their terrorism and aggression in the region and in the world, and Israel is prepared to deal with any threat. The nuclear negotiations which succeeded by the guidance of the Supreme Leader and support of our nation, were truly a golden page in Iran's history.
We are managing to foil plans by the organizations, the terrorist groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad, to carry out attacks. If it were up to them, there would be suicide bombings and gun attacks here every day. The fact that we are succeeding lends salience to the attempted stabbing or car-ramming attacks. We will also prevail over this phenomenon, I say, but this is a process that takes time. Statistically, we see a waning of this.
It's outrageous, it's immoral and it's stupid [?] People are defending themselves against assailants wielding knives who are about to stab them to death and they shoot the people ? and that's extrajudicial killings?
He stressed to Mr. Mulet that he stands against any form of anti-Semitism and fully respects the millions of victims of the Holocaust. He also informed the chef de cabinet that he had personally apologised to Ambassador (Danny) Danon of Israel.
Three things, keep their feet to the fire. Support your allies first. And third, bring down that terror network. I think that is what I can say about Iran.
The military assistance that we provide, we consider it not only an important part of our obligation to the security of the State of Israel, but also an important part of US security infrastructure in the region as we make sure that one of our closest allies can not only protect itself but can also work with us in deterring terrorism and other security threats.
I think everybody can see it: with the savagery of ISIS; with the aggression and terror by Iran's proxies and by Iran itself; and the combination of turbulence has now displaced millions of people, has butchered hundreds of thousands and we don't know what will transpire.
We welcome increased coordination between the Israeli authorities and the Jordanian Waqf, including to ensure that visitors and worshippers demonstrate restraint and respect for the sanctity of the area.
We discussed concrete ways to de-escalate the situation on the ground and to guarantee the status quo in the holy sites.
There is no question that wave of attacks is driven directly by incitement. Incitement from Hamas, incitement from the Islamist movement in Israel, and incitement, I am sorry to say, from President Abbas.
If parties want to try, and I believe they do, want to move to a de-escalation, there are a set of choices that are available.
I would characterise that conversation as one that gave me a cautious measure of optimism that there may be … a way to defuse the situation and begin to find a way forward.
Both agreed on the need to stop incitement, reduce tension and restore calm.
It's absolutely critical to end all incitement and all violence and to find a road forward to build the possibility, which is not there today, for a larger process.
Israel wants peace. I want peace, a peace founded on mutual recognition, iron-clad security arrangements in which Israel could defend itself by itself.
I can say that we know who was responsible. We do not see any reason to change our view of history on this particular question. We stand by German responsibility for the Holocaust.
Security measures can be counterproductive if they are applied without special effort to defuse situations before people lose their lives. If the use of force is not properly calibrated it may breed the very frustrations and anxieties from which violence tends to erupt.
A crowd which forms at an attack site should evacuate the area and let the emergency services do their job. We've laws in this country.No one should take the law into his own hands. That's the first rule. Secondly, what we see here is a combination of extremist Islam and the Internet. It's Osama bin Laden meets Mark Zuckerberg.
We didn't change anything. The orders of prayer, the visiting rights have not changed for the last fifteen years. The only thing that changed are Islamist hoodlums paid by the Islamist movement in Israel and by Hamas who are entering the mosque and trying to put explosives there.
Israel is using exactly the kind and the amount of legitimate force and that any one of those governments, those municipalities and those police forces would use if they had people wielding knives, meat cleavers, axes, trying to kill people on their streets.
These days, the Israeli aggressive assault against our people, its land and its holy places is escalating – the racism is showing its ugly face and is making the occupation uglier.
Over the weekend I was in touch with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas, and we're working on trying to calm things down.
You have this violence because there's frustration that is growing and a frustration among Israelis who don't see any movement.
They repeat over and over again their lies that we intend to destroy al-Aqsa or to change the status quo here. This is an absolute lie. It is the exact opposite. We are committed to maintaining the status quo at Temple Mount.
The terror of suicide bombers did not vanquish us, and the terror of knives will not beat us.
We will prove that terror doesn't pay and we will overcome it.
The response from nearly every one of the governments represented here has been… absolutely nothing. Other silence. Deafening silence.
Stones and firebombs are deadly weapons; they kill and have killed. Therefore, in recent days we have changed the open-fire orders for police in Jerusalem.
This (Tel Aviv on Seine festival) is all part of Israeli propaganda to show an Israel that is different from the bombs, soldiers, checkpoints, etc, etc. And the 'cool', fun', gay friendly' Tel Aviv is all part of an Israeli PR exercise.
This is a struggle over the image of the state and we have no intention of giving up on this struggle. The cabinet has reached some important decisions, including my recommendation to carry out administrative detention.
"We were looking forward to hosting the bilateral meeting, and we were surprised to first learn via media reports that the prime minister, rather than accept our invitation, opted to cancel his visit,"
"Reports that we were not able to accommodate the prime minister's schedule are false,"
We were looking forward to hosting the bilateral meeting, and we were surprised to first learn via media reports that the prime minister, rather than accept our invitation, opted to cancel his visit. Reports that we were not able to accommodate the prime minister's schedule are false.
When the accord with Iran passed, the U.S. president pledged that he would do everything to provide a proper response for Israeli security.
Try to imagine Israel funding Basque independence organisations.
Israel's absolute commitment is to fight this evil, to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice. We have to calm spirits and recommit ourselves to our joint battle against terrorism and extremism.
The world is a much more dangerous place today than it was yesterday. In fact the deal gives Iran every incentive not to change. in the coming decade the deal will reward Iran and the terrorist regime in Tehran , with hundreds of billions of dollars. This cash bonanza will fuel iran's terrorism worldwide, its aggression in the region and its efforts to destroy Israel which are ongoing.
I'm not convinced that the agreement, as I understand it, will actually stop Iran from getting a bomb. But you have to try.
This is a rightist government which believes in settlement activity, rejects the two-state solution and still pushes through long-term political paralysis. This will rebound regionally, dangerous not only for the Palestinian question but for the general political atmosphere in the region.
I came to attend an event at the square in Tel Aviv, a policewoman stood at the entrance and asked me who I was. I replied,'I'm the deputy mayor of Tel Aviv, and I need to enter the VIP section. She told me 'it's good that you didn't find yourself a fancier title' and she didn't let me in.
You mentioned the US and Israel in terms of Iran. Now, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu obviously doesn't want the Iran nuclear deal to work, and he says….
There are a lot of countries who want and take satisfaction from the hostility between lran and the US: Israelis living abroad, mainly Netanyahu hardliners and the Saudis.
It appears the deal being formulated in Lausanne will leave Iran with underground facilities, the nuclear reactor in Arak and with advanced centrifuges.
The Palestinian leadership's position is very clear now, which is to go to all the international institutions, and specifically to the International Criminal Court in order to expose Netanyahu's racist practices,and begin to intensify the Palestinian popular resistance against the occupation, and this is a major and formal approach for us, and we must strengthen Palestinian national unity as well.
It will harm Israel's international standing. Because there is wide support for a two-state solution, and that includes the United States. So Israel pulling out of the two-state solution will have a negative impact on Israel's position in the world and it will make relations between Turkey and Israel more difficult.
Mr. Netanyahu has done nothing in his political life but to destroy the two-state solution.
We felt and we experienced a rise in the price of housing and goods in the last five, six years and that is all people talk about… Obviously we are eight months after a devastating war (in Gaza) so they do talk about security issues, but they hardly talk about the Iranian issue. That was a thing put on the agenda by the prime minister.
I'm certainly worried. I think that anyone who sees this gap understands that we have three days to close it, several days to close this gap. Because otherwise Tzipi and Bougie (Herzog) will be prime ministers here in Israel….
We need to join forces, we need to unite, we need to work together to win; it's either us or him.
If demilitarisation is guaranteed and we get the necessary security arrangements, and if the Palestinians will recognise Israel as the State of the Jewish people, we will be ready to come to a solution for a demilitarised Palestinian state alongside the Jewish State.
No one has presented a more viable, lasting alternative for how you actually prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. So folks, simply demanding that Iran capitulate is not a plan. And nor would any of our P5+1 partners support us in that position.
To defeat ISIS and let Iran get nuclear weapons would be to win the battle and to lose the war. We can't let that happen….
Iran gets everything they wanted at this stage and it pays nothing. I urge Secretary Kerry not to rush to sign. To wait, to reconsider, to get a good deal. But this is a bad deal. A very bad deal.
In my opinion, Congress could be the last brake for stopping the deal.
Israel is safer today with the added time we have given and the stoppage of the Iranian nuclear programme than they were before we got that agreement, which, by the way the prime minister (Netanyahu) opposed.
It was very important for us to make this visit. First of all to show solidarity with the people of France, with the government of France, with the people of France, but also the French Jewish community which like all of France is also going through a difficult time.
Palestine commits itself to the international law, to all the obligations emanating from the conventions and treaties we have signed. We will also submit the letters of accession to other relevant parties, especially concerning the non-proliferation treaty and to the registry of the ICC.
I would like to discuss the ways to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons capability. I believe that this is the greatest challenge to the security of the world.
I hope the meeting between the American president's envoy and the Israeli prime minister will lead to- and everyone knows my friendship towards Israel but I'll say what I think- will lead to the complete freeze of settlement expansion.
The initial result that we have at this moment is that it took place as a result of negligence. Our units are continuing that investigation, which is obviously going be a thorough investigation in order to find exactly why it started in the way it did.
We want to resume the peace talks with the Palestinians as soon as possible, and I hope they will indeed resume in the coming weeks.
I believe that you (Ban Ki-moon) understand that it is the right of every state to defend itself and Israel will continue to do what it needs to do to defend its people. Mr. Secretary, this is not only our right, this is our duty.
We do not think that Lapid is going to make trouble for Netanyahu in the area of foreign policy, because I think everyone assumes that some kind of negotiations will open.
While Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peacce it cannot go back to 1967 lines because these lines are indefensible, because they don't take into account certain changes that have taken place on the ground.
The reticence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to launch a massive attack against Hamas in Gaza is seen as a sign of weakness by parts of Israeli society. They say being cautious won't stop the missiles and rockets fired from the Gaza Strip to Israel.
The international community must decide if it is serious about neutralising this threat to Israel, the region and the entire world. I believe that what is required right now is tough action from the international community.
The feeling is that the people are sobering up. They understand that everything until now has been an illusion: the idea that we can give the Palestinians guns and let them rule here and that will give us peace. But there will be peace only if we are strong and believe in our right and not give way.
First of all, before we go about annexing, we have to reverse Israel's position and the world's position vis-à-vis forming a Palestinian state and only then very gradually apply Israeli law on the Israeli parts of Judea and Samaria. I think sometimes common wisdom is wrong. I think this is one of those cases. We are all together on a bus, the whole international community, riding towards a dead end.
Compared to previous elections there's not been much excitement, and people's expectations are low. But despite this, people did turn out to vote early.
Will we be a Jewish and Zionist state or will we become a state of all its citizens? Anyway, my party supports this approach presented today to the cabinet.
We feel it's unnecessary, it doesn't serve the interest of the State of Israel. It has a certain ideological logic behind it, but has adverse effect on Israel's image and its spirit of true democracy.
To come today to an initial agreement means that we have started to find a solution for a most difficult problem. We expect that this deal with Egyptian and Arab support will make reconciliation become a reality.
Hamas are a part of the Palestinian people. I cannot exclude them, they are a part. Love them or loathe them they are a part of our people. Please Mr Netanyahu, you have to choose between settlement activity and peace.
Is a boycott of a certain sector in Israel.
Israel will be prepared for a historic compromise that will end the conflict with the Palestinians forever.
Jerusalem is a very touchy issue. I don't think Israelis at this stage are ready to concede to Palestinian control in what's called the Holy Basin around the Temple Mount. There may be a willingness to hand over some Arab neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem but I'm not sure the Arabs in those neighbourhoods really want to become part of the Palestinian Authority. Actually, we hear clear voices among the Arabs in East Jerusalem demanding a referendum because they are not very enticed by becoming part of the corrupt, undemocratic and authoritarian Palestinian entity.
We will ask the states of the United Nations to recognise our state. In doing this, we do not aim to isolate Israel or deprive it of legitimacy. Work on these negotiations is not unilateral, but the continued construction of settlements is a unilateral action by the Israeli government.
Prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu has committed himself not to build any new settlements. There will be no construction within settlements other than natural growth, within existing settlements.
Each party has obligations under the road map, under the Israeli side those obligation includes stopping settlements. They include making sure there is a viable potential Palestinian state.
There is no moral symmetry, there is no moral equivalence between Israel and the terrorist organisations in Gaza. The terrorists are committing a double war crime: they fire at Israeli civilians and they hide behind Palestinian civilians – and by contrast Israel takes every measure to avoid civilian casualties.
Netanyahu announced during yesterday's cabinet that he will not halt the settlements in Jerusalem, that it's the same as in Tel Aviv, and he will continue what's been going on for the past 42 years. Netanyahu is invited to meet Barack Obama, so the US administration is bowing to Israel, and we should not bet on the outcome.
The fact is Israel is not used to negotiating, where negotiation is a real negotiation, where both sides make compromises. If the agreement coincided with Israeli wishes that we have conceded absolutely nothing to Iran. So suddenly such an agreement would not have been possible. Both the United States and the Europeans understood that.
Catherine Ashton has been negotiating on the behalf of the E3+3 for a number of years on this issue and now with the new government it has been possible to make much more progress whereas the previous government was not really interesting in engaging.
There has not been a government in Israel in the last 40 years that has limited building in Jerusalem. The construction of these neighbourhoods did not harms the Arabs of East Jerusalem in any way and did not come at their expense.
We have to be very careful not to raise expectations too much. The timeframe, for instance, the one-year timeframe in my opinion is completely unrealistic, and even the goal, the goal of the establishment of a Palestinian state is unrealistic. It raises expectations and brings frustration when they are not fulfilled, and my fear is that in the Middle East frustration always leads to violence.
We are ready to get to an understanding with Palestinians and to live side by side. Unfortunately, the Palestinians believe that the occupied land is Jerusalem, is Tel Aviv and Jaffa, is the land of Israel. They are not accepting the idea….
Unfortunately, Mr. Netanyahu failed to mention the two-state solution, failed to mention the agreement signed, failed to mention his commitment to stop settlement activities. And the only thing he mentioned was Palestinians entitled to govern themselves by themselves.
How can I govern myself by myself as a Palestinian with his occupation going on, on my neck, on the hour every hour? With his roadblocks segregating our towns and villages and refugee camps?
We discussed all issues including the negotiations, the United Nations, and the Arab spring, the Palestinian reconciliation. And we agreed on all these topics.
So they did well in their studies, but they feel that their life has not turned into the success story they dreamed of.
I call upon all leaders of the civilised world. I want to see a profound indignation, without conciliation against these acts, these assassinations of Israelis, of Jews. Don't make distinctions in between blood and blood.
We strongly condemn this incident and do not accept under any circumstances attacks on civilians. At the same time we condemn these actions we also condemn the attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque the holy places.
He will probably face some opposition from Israeli society but Netanyahu will now be riding a wave of popularity.
As a soldier and an army officer, I was sent by the IDF to carry out dangerous missions but I always knew that if I, or any of my friends fell into enemy hands, the state of Israel would do everything in its power to bring us home.
Words are not sufficient. We have to have actions that give the international community confidence that, in fact, they [Iran] are meeting their international obligations fully and that they are not in a position to have a nuclear weapon.
Rohani doesn't sound like Ahmadinejad but when it comes to Iran's nuclear weapons program the only difference between them is this: Ahmadinejad was a wolf in wolf's clothing. Rohani is a wolf in sheep's clothing. A wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community.
Israel has always wanted a suspension of Iran's nuclear programme, particularly an end to the uranium enrichment process, as Israel regards this as a threat to its existence; therefore, Netanyahu has, in the past few months, used tactics to help put more pressure on Iran through sanctions, and to spin the situation so that a global consensus can be reached, if necessary, for attacking Iran.
The discussions about new constructions in the settlements is an artificial obstacle to the peace talks. The Palestinians themselves are saying that all the constructions in the settlements are taking only a small percentage of the area and the additional building is negligible on the settlement map.
We call on the Fatah movement not to accept these diktats and we consider any response to this call a national crime that will provide cover for the occupation to continue their settlement activity and the theft of Palestinian land.
Netanyahu, you don't have a mandate to capitulate to Obama's pressure. President Obama, if you will put too much pressure on Netanyahu he may break but he won't provide you with the goods. He cannot continue the freeze. If he will do that, he will lose his government.
It is genocide committed by the Zionist regime. It is a catastrophe of history. Those who support the people responsible for these crimes must be condemned. The whole world, above all the Islamic world, must arm the Palestinians.
We are serious about healing the wounds and the reconciliation of our people on the basis of political partnership and national unity.
It is either peace with Hamas or peace with Israel. You can't have them both.
We consider this attack here as yet another attempt to disrupt everyday life in Israel.
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.
After the rule of Sharon, there has not been a government in Israel any different from the rule of the party of the right, and I think this has exacerbated intolerance and hatred. Moreover, the killing of Palestinians and the confiscation of their land was specifically brought about by the Likud Party itself, which has become more extremely right-wing. This is as a result of the period in which Netanyahu ruled. We now see the concrete results of those policies in all fields.
We discuss Palestinian-Israeli relations and the most important political and security obstacles when Ariel Sharon was Prime Minister in this interview with senior Palestinian official Nabil Shaath. How would you describe negotiations during Sharon's time?
The operation took place after the government and court order was handed out and given to those that trespassed in the area telling them it was illegal place for them to be.
This is a system of apartheid. They allow Israeli settlers to stay here illegally on illegal stolen land and they are arresting us, the Palestinians, who are non-violently resisting occupation and resisting settlements.
If Israel admits and realises its mistake, and tries to rectify the situation, then maybe our relations can recover. But it's clear things will never be the same again.
It can only be done with aircraft and we don't have any other means. We need to bring in more planes.
The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognised borders are established for both states.
I think that as they (Iran) get closer and closer and closer to the achievement of weapons grade material – they're very close, they're six months away from being about ninety percent of having the enriched uranium for an atom bomb – I think you have to place that red line before them now, before it's too late.
I do believe there is a fair chance to renew negotiations before the end of this month. I think that the time may be right to do so. There are still some remaining differences but they are manageable and if we shall miss this opportunity we shall remain without a date.
Netanyahu is working against himself. He is preparing a new file of war criminal acts and he's working also to be part of a new Goldstone report.
We're not seeking to challenge anyone, but no one will harm the State of Israel without a response – a strong and resolute response.
The state of Israel is the nation state of the Jewish People. It has equal individual rights for every citizen and we insist on this. But only the Jewish People have national rights. A flag,anthem, the right of every Jew to immigrate to the country, and other national symbols.
Tear up your pact with Hamas. Sit down and negotiate. Make peace with the Jewish state.
Israel is not what is wrong about the Middle East; Israel is what is right about the Middle East.
Settlements are the main obstacle to peace and a final agreement. Real pressure from America might stop the settlement building.
Clearly Mr Abbas' meeting with President Obama on the 28th of this month is a very crucial meeting, especially in the aftermath of Mr Netanyahu's meeting with President Obama. We appreciate very much what was said by President Obama to Mr Netanyahu, vis-a-vis his obligations on freezing the settlement activities, including natural growth (and) the two-state solution obligations.
The biggest shock is to think that it happened in Tel Aviv, which is the most tolerant city in the country. It's very young, very free people feel safe, especially where it happened.
What Netanyahu announced today is one of his biggest attempts at deception in his history. He is not talking about a halt in settlement construction, or a freeze in settlements and not even reducing settlements.
There's no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders. We are actively working with all the parties in the region.
Tel Aviv is known as the city that never sleeps and even in the middle of a major crisis like this one, its inhabitants are determined to make that reputation last. It's true that the trendy spots of the city are less crowded than usual but the same expression comes out all the time: life goes on.
If Netanyahu was really a peace-seeking prime minister he would have made sure that no construction in settlements would take place, because any construction in settlements is destroying the chances for peace. This is the welcome that the government of Israel is making for Kerry.
What we have now is the three party system, with clear, different ideas, with clear ideological differences. We have Labour returning to the real left-wing party of the left, we have Sharon as the new leader of the Israeli centre and we have Netanyahu giving a renewed voice to the Israeli right.
We are not willing to allow the entry of organised groups intent on provoking and demonstrating, just as any other country wouldn't.
We've come here to protest for social justice, for environmental justice and we hope that the government will make some change and hear the voices of the people who that standing here today.
As a Palestinian hebrew of Jewish origin, anti-Zionist and a citizen of an Apartheid state, the State of Israel, and an alleged constitutional monarchy, the United Kingdom, I hope to make a constructive contribution to the Revolutionary Council.
The growing presence of senior figures has increased the momentum at the talks, and with it the pressure on both sides to reach what could be an historic deal after years of dispute.
Iran got the deal of the century and the international community got a bad deal. This is a very bad deal and Israel utterly rejects it and what I am saying is shared by many, many in the region, whether or not they express that publicly.
From there it's only a few months, possibly a few weeks before they get enough enriched uranium for the first bomb.
The report clearly shows that the blockade of Gaza is legal. It shows that the enforcement of that blockade last May was legal. And it shows that the Israeli soldiers who boarded the Maramra acted legally and in self defence.
The report was ordered. Did you think a report that was written in their country would have worth?
A number of questions about the Union for the Mediterranean have not been completely sorted out, but we feel we need to work so that each project, each step, each decision is based on a reconciliation between the two sides. The Union shouldn't be aiming to normalise Arab-Israeli relations without our consent.
We are fighting for the image of the state of Israel. It's not just Beit Shemesh and not just gender segregation, it's all the extremist elements that are rearing their heads and are trying to impose their world view on us.
Israel will not be dictated to.
It's obvious that Israel insists on its settlements construction policy and we are not prepared to accept anymore cover ups.
Firstly, for the military operation we hit them hard to reduce their ability to attack Israel. It was a strong assault against their rocket bases, but they still have long-range rockets and they have launched some of them against Tel Aviv without any casualties.
This is massive destruction, complete destruction. Not even in 1948 or 1956 or 1967 or 2008 or in other wars did we see this kind of destruction.
We were informed about half an hour before the shelling took place. This tower has 11 floors and 32 families were living there. The minute we evacuated, the place was hit by a warning rocket and immediately after the fighter jets fired two rockets. The building collapsed completely, all families are now in the streets. God help us all.
Hamas blesses the attack in Tel Aviv and sees it as a natural response to the Israeli massacres…in Gaza.
Any action that aims to strengthen Arab relations and iron out differences can only be beneficial. We cannot face up to our challenges, on the Palestinian question or on Israeli-Arab relations if we are divided. That's even more obvious now we have to deal with a new hawkish government in Israel. When you think that the previous two governments were considered as doves, who knows what we'll get from this new administration.
There is no substitute to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and any unilateral path will only unravel the framework of agreements between us and will only bring unilateral steps from Israel's side.
I think that with those that are now in charge I think that there is a tremendous future for building in the settlements. I think that the government now represents the people's desires to continue building here, recognising the necessity of building in the area of Judea and Samaria.
70 or 80 people had moved to our house looking for sanctuary. They struck us.
Hamas continued to fire.
I think, in the speech, there are things that are very important. I think that the government of Likud recognising formally the two-state solution is quite a step in the right direction. The other things which were said in the speech, that (sic) to my mind belong more to another phase of the negotiation.
That's good but it's only the first step. A state can't be defined as anything, and whether what he mentioned can be defined as a state I think is the subject of some debate.
The Palestinian people support resistance in the face of the Israeli threat, and any war on Gaza will open the gates of hell in the face of the occupiers. And the resistance (Hamas), will not sit by idly.
Hamas is a terrorist organisation that must be defeated. Now Israel, in our relationship with Gaza, we would keep the border quiet. The problem is Hamas does not allow that to happen. Over the last three weeks there have been around 150 rockets missiles and mortar shell from Gaza into Israel. So obviously we have to act to protect our people.
Netanyahu is not a warmonger, he has not ordered extensive operations like [former Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert did in Lebanon and Gaza. He is not hesitating, he is careful, prudent. I think he will manage the situation until Gaza goes quiet again.
We will not allow extremists, it doesn't matter what side, to inflame the region and cause bloodshed.
I know some people are expecting more severe military action, and perhaps we may need to do this, but at this time the right thing for the state of Israel to do is to use this opportunity to achieve a long-lasting ceasefire.
Today we say to the Israeli population, now that the ceasefire has come into effetc, you can return to your homes, and it's we who make this possible for you, not Netanyahu.
The rights of the Iranian nation are our red line. National interests are our red line. Among those rights are nuclear rights within the framework of international law, including the right to enrich uranium on Iranian soil.
We are acting with experience, wisdom and responsibility, preparing for what may come.
The most troubling data is that people, including children and youngsters, are being detected on the streets in schools, coming in and out of Jewish institutes and this constitutes most of the cases.
Mr. Netanyahu will focus on the subject of a nuclear Iran. That is clear, not only because it is (an) existential threat as far as Israel's security is concerned, but because Iran is constantly making progress towards nuclear military capability. It's a joint objective for both countries, preventing Iran from obtaining doing this.
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.
Livni is saying that democratically she should really ought to be asked by the president to form a government, because she leads the largest party. Practically and politically, Netanyahu says that may be so but 'I lead the largest bloc', and therefore if we follow the Israeli tradition the president will call upon the leader of the party with the best possibility of forming a government to do so.
We believe that these proximity talks should eventually lead to direct negotiations between the two concerned parties to discuss all other matters: security, water, refugees and other other issues.
We can't rule out that there was a strong murderous anti-Semitic motive here. I am sure that Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of France, and his government will do their utmost to find the killer and we in Israel will do everything to help them in this task.
Following the decision the Italian people are taking, we must probably say goodbye to the possibility of nuclear power stations and we must strongly commit ourselves to renewable energy.
Israel must accept the demands of the Palestinian people or face a long war.
We are making great efforts to restore peace and quiet to Jerusalem. Of course we will not tolerate attacks from any side and we will not tolerate setting fire to the Jewish-Arab school as we saw last night.
Whoever hurts this type of coexistence no longer only hurts Arabs but Jews as well, hurts an idea and an ideal that has existed for 15 years. This is very sad but at the same time I think our community's embrace yesterday empowers us.
It's not an issue for Jews, but for all French citizens. This guarantee should be a priority in all schools, because no child should be scared of going to school.
Let's just sit down and begin to talk peace. Why are we talking about talking? Why negotiating about negotiating? It is very simple. If you want to get to peace, put all your preconditions on the side.
Obama has been re-elected. Netanyahu will be the next prime minister in Israel for a few years. They will have to work together. They will have to forget about the past and open a new page. Obama's visit provides an opportunity to open a new page – on a personal level with Netanyahu and at a policy level with the new Israeli government.
I asked him as a moral figure to make his voice heard loudly and contentiously against the declarations coming from Iran of their intention to destroy Israel…there is no aggressive voice being heard condemning this.
Today, the parties have begun a serious discussion on core issues. The parties agree that for these negotiations to succeed they must be kept strictly confidential, and treated with the upmost sensitivity.
I am concerned about their progress because I see the Palestinians continuing with incitement, continuing to create artificial crises, continuing to avoid and run away from the historic decisions that are needed to make a genuine peace.
I think its an overture to American public opinion, to world public opinion, to try to placate and somehow smooth over the fact that he made a terrible step away from peace. He made a giant leap backward away from peace, because he embraced Hamas that calls for the extermination of Jews worldwide, for the eradication of Israel, and actually acts on a daily basis against peace.
I believe that it's time for the rest of the world to wake up. The great challenges that we face, the great danger to the world, is not from Jews building in our ancestral capital in Jerusalem, it's from nuclear weapons in Iran, those weapons that are built in Iran.
What is interesting is that he (Abbas) didn't condemn Hamas for calling for Israel's destruction, just as previously he didn't condemn the rockets fired at Israel. And to my regret, he is working for unity with this same Hamas, which is supported by Iran.
Israel captured a ship on the high seas, stocked with weapons destined for terrorist groups. These weapons were going to be used against Israel. The entire operation, this clandestine operation was organised by Iran. While Iran is conducting these talks, smiling to the international community, it continues to arm terrorist groups, it continues to perpetrate terrorism around the world.
It's a tiny country and we don't have the time or the privileges to wait and check because they could be above Tel Aviv or above Jerusalem in literally less than minutes. That's why we have this procedure. Apparently a Syrian fighter aircraft penetrated our air space. We shot it down.
The Jewish people were building Jerusalem 3,000 years ago and the Jewish people are building Jerusalem today. Jerusalem is not a settlement – it is our capital.
The goal of this operation was to protect our people from the threat of terror tunnels built to send death squads into Israel, to commit terrorist atrocities against Israel's civilians, to kidnap and to kill. Israel deeply regrets every civilian casualty, every single one.
We are at the height of a complicated operation. We must be prepared for the possibility it could take time.
Our policy on Jerusalem is the same policy followed by all Israeli governments over the past 42 years, and it has not changed. As far as we are concerned, building in Jerusalem is the same as building in Tel Aviv. These are things that we have made clear to the U.S. administration.
Hamas rules Gaza and it is responsible for its security, even if the perpetrators are Islamic Jihad.
If…the Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish State, if they fight terror, if they educate their children for peace and for a better future, then I think we can come (to) a substantive solution that allows the two peoples to live side by side in security and peace.
World attention must not be diverted from the primary goal – preventing Iran from achieving an agreement that would enable it to continue its nuclear military programme.
We have begun proximity talks. I think it is high-time to begin direct talks. I think with the help of President Obama, President Abbas and myself should engage in direct talks to reach a political settlement of peace, coupled with security and prosperity.
ISIS must be defeated. But to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war.
There is only one choice for Israel: either peace or settlements. If it's peace, then it is through talks. If Israel doesn't choose this, it will be a waste of time, a waste of opportunities.
Iran's president said the day before yesterday that Israel is a wound on Islam's body. The president in Iran has changed but the intention of the regime there has not. It has remained the same. Iran's intention is to develop nuclear capability and nuclear arms and its aim is to destroy the state of Israel. This represents a danger not only to us and to the Middle East, but to the entire world and we are all committed to prevent this.
From 1996 until today, there wasn't a day when I wasn't investigated, a suspect or an intelligence target. There was always an ongoing investigation.
Whoever was involved in the kidnapping and the murder will bear the consequences. We will neither rest nor slow down until we reach the last of them and it does not matter where they will try to hide.
Israel cannot go back to the 1967 lines because these lines are indefensible, because they don't take into account certain changes that have taken place on the ground. Demographic changes that have taken place over the last 44 years.
Only a government led by the Likud can bring Israel a peace agreement that will ensure security for its citizens for generations.
The prime minister goes to Washington determined to represent his people, to implement an agreed solution here, namely to have a two-state solution, a Palestinian demilitarised state.
On the other hand as Finance Minister, I carry the responsibility to not allow Israel to fall into a state of economic anarchy.
We are paying close attention to the housing issue and the complaints about the high cost of living. We will consider how we can ease these problems.
Israel expects the international community to condemn such attacks in the strongest possible terms. All those in the international community who are genuinely committed to peace should support Israel's right to defend itself against those who attack the innocent and seek to destroy peace.
We will be an active and sustained partner.
A true peace, a lasting peace, will be achieved only with mutual and painful concessions.
We will continue to act with patience and forbearance, with determination, responsibility and aggression to achieve the goal of the campaign, restoring calm for a long period by dealing a significant blow to Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli army is prepared for all possibilities.
To be here with those who survived, to be here in block 27 with those who experienced that it is something exceptional and I am very moved. There are people who deny the Holocaust, let them come here, let them read name by name.
For peace to endure, it must be a peace that we can defend. No other peace can survive in the Middle East. We remain committed, as you said, to a negotiated settlement between us and our Palestinian neighbours.
The E1 settlement announced by Israel is a red line. I tell you, a red line. Not because it divides the West Bank, and this is correct, but just because it's settlement activity. So we say this should not happen, and if it will happen we will take legitimate steps and by law, stop Israel from doing this.
We have a common understanding that if the armed conflict in Syria persists, it could have disastrous consequences for both Syria and the whole region. Only the quick ending of the armed conflict can prevent this negative scenario and this includes a political solution.
We have agreed to disagree: But this does not alter the fact that of course we share the same views concerning the big questions, like those I mentioned with regard to security. On this one point, however, our opinions differ. Israel will decide, Israel is a sovereign country.
In one word that is called putsch and that makes it impossible to run a government, that makes it impossible to lead a country. Therefore a short while ago, I instructed the cabinet secretary to issue dismissal letters to ministers Livni and Lapid.
Iran must not have a nuclear weapons capability. This means that they shouldn't have centrifuges for enrichment, they shouldn't have a plutonium heavy water plant, which is used only for nuclear weapons. They should get rid of the amassed fissile material, and they shouldn't have underground nuclear facilities. I think a partial deal that leaves Iran with these capabilities is a bad deal.
We support Palestine and Israel resolving their differences and disputes through peaceful talks. China's hosting of state visits by leaders of the two countries is part of our efforts to promote the peace process in the Middle East.
The state of Israel faces huge challenges and I have to tell you this honestly before the elections. Iran is still advancing in its nuclear programme. Hezbollah and Hamas equip themselves with rockets. Radical Islam is taking over the region. It makes regimes collapse one after the other.
What we wanted to prevent coming into Gaza are rockets, missiles, explosives and war material that could be used to attack our civilians.
I think it is clear that Israel and Egypt have a common interest to keep the border between us quiet. At the same time, it turns out time and again that when it comes to the security of Israeli citizens, the state of Israel can only rely on itself.
During the week a new government will be presented to the Knesset headed by Benjamin Netanyahu and the duties of this government will come to an end. I really hope the new administration will continue to work on the important and central issues this government has worked towards and will also renew other issues.
If he gets more than three months in jail he would be for seven years outside not only the government, but also the Israeli parliament. One might say he will be outside Israeli politics.
The legitimacy of the state of Israeli is under attack from different agents in the international community. This attack includes attempts to boycott Israel economically, academically, and culturally. The last thing we need at this time are boycott attempts from within us.
Above all, they deceive themselves into believing that Iran is giving up its goal of developing nuclear weapons. I heard a few faint condemnations of Iran from the international community after we intercepted this murderous shipment.
We have about a quarter of a million such people (settlers). They lead lives. They have children they have to go to school. They need classrooms, they need kindergartens. They need to have a place to house the families. This is very different from grabbing land and I've made it very clear we're not going to build new settlements or expropriate additional land for existing ones.