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Benjamin Netanyahu
I am leading Israel's foreign relations to an unprecedented flourishing state but I do so through proud nationalist policies and not by bowing our heads and grovelling. Our relations with Germany are strong and important and they will continue to be so.feedback
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Apr 26 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Israeli relations. 139 people are quoted and you can read 313 citations of them about Israeli relations. Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald J. Trump and Benyamin Netanyahu, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Benjamin Netanyahu said: “I am leading Israel's foreign relations to an unprecedented flourishing state but I do so through proud nationalist policies and not by bowing our heads and grovelling. Our relations with Germany are strong and important and they will continue to be so.”.
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Ken Livingstone

There's been a very well-orchestrated campaign by the Israel lobby to smear anybody who criticises Israeli policy as anti-Semitic. I had to put up with 35 years of this. It's completely over the top but it's not anti-Semitic. Let's remember when Hitler won his election in 1932, his policy was that Jews should be moved to Israel. He was supporting Zionism - this is before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Sunday began the first national policy conference for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee since President Obama left office. It would be an understatement to say that the past eight years were a tension-filled and often acrimonious period in U.S.-Israel relations, between the administration’s hectoring over Israel’s building (inside or outside Jerusalem), a fundamental divide over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (a.k.a. the Iran deal), the president’s and his staff’s harsh public rhetoric and accusations directed toward Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and last but not least, the administration’s refusal to veto a lopsided United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s settlement activity. (The last was met with robust, bipartisan criticism of the administration.).feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

David, I look forward to welcoming you warmly to Israel, and especially to Jerusalem.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

You see that expressed in seeing Ambassador [Nikki] Haley standing up for what's right and the truth at the United Nations. You see it in the budget request submitted by President Trump. My hand is extended to all our neighbors in peace.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

Israel is committed to working with President Trump to achieve peace with the Palestinians and all our Arab neighbors.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

We won't let them drag humanity away from the promise of a bright future, to the misery of a dark past.feedback

Mike Pence

After decades of simply talking about it, the president of the United States is giving serious consideration to moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. America will no longer tolerate Iran's efforts to destabilize the region and jeopardize Israel's security. So let me be clear. Under President Donald Trump, the United States of America will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. This is our solemn promise to you, to Israel and to the world.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel is committed to working with President Trump to promote peace with the Palestinians and with all our enemies. I believe the dangers facing Israel and many of our neighbors introduce a special opportunity to build a new, safer, more peaceful future.feedback

Dennis Ross

I don't think you can come to a quick deal. It looks like there is a context being created for an agreement later on.feedback

Daniel C. Kurtzer

These guys are learning on the run. They're also understanding that you can get snookered here.feedback

Nickolay Mladenov - United Nations

Such actions are in breach of international law and they must stop. Settlement expansion undermines the very essence of a two-state solution.feedback

Martin S. Indyk

He can't square the circle. He can't agree to a freeze and keep his coalition.feedback

Julian Braithwaite

Today we are putting the Human Rights Council on notice. If things do not change, in the future we will adopt a policy of voting against all resolutions concerning Israel's conduct in the occupied Syrian and Palestinian territories.feedback

Danny Danon - United Nations

There can be no moral equivalency between the building of homes and murderous terrorism. The only impediment to peace is Palestinian violence and incitement. This obsessive focus on Israel must end.feedback

Danny Danon - United Nations

The secretary-general's decision is an important step in ending the bias against Israel at the U.N. Anti-Israel activists do not belong in the U.N. It is time to put an end to practice in which U.N. officials use their position to advance their anti-Israel agenda. Over the years, Khalaf has worked to harm Israel and advocate for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. Her removal from the U.N. is long overdue.feedback

Ben Caspit

(Netanyahu) now realizes just how misplaced the right wing's adulation over Donald Trump the Messiah was.feedback

Franck Lecam

'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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

To the residents of Amona, I reiterate: I gave you a promise to build a new community and I will honour that commitment.feedback

Nikki Haley

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.feedback

Michael Oren

The U.S. administration has made various statements on the peace issue, and one can understand the president is taking a businesslike approach to the problem, as opposed to a diplomatic approach. That is a breath of fresh air from the previous eight years. What I hear from Netanyahu is that this president is open to different ideas. It is not about ideology but what stands a chance of succeeding. We have an opportunity now to regain a level of intimacy and trust that has been lost, that is vital for moving ahead with the peace process.feedback

Amir Halevi

Today tourism looks for cities. We sell Israel through Tel Aviv.feedback

Chemi Shalev

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.feedback

Michael Oren

A background of policy-making in this matter is not necessarily a promise for success.feedback

Jason Greenblatt

Time for morning prayer (shacharit) at unexpected stop in Frankfurt. Pray for peace.feedback

David Quarrey

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

We discussed at length the matter of Iran, its objectives and intentions in Syria, and I clarified that there cannot be a peace deal in Syria when Iran is there and declares its intention to destroy Israel. There cannot be peace when they continue the war and therefore they have to be removed.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

The victory over the terrorism of ISIS cannot lead to an upsurge in terrorism by Iran and its proxies. We will not exchange terrorism for terrorism.feedback

Mikhail Bogdanov

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.feedback

Vladimir Frolov

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.feedback

Arie Arnon - Aix Group

He wants a backdoor solution. The problem in Gaza is political, not technical.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

The threat of radical Shiite Islam threatens us no less than it does the region and the peace of the world, and I know that we are partners in the desire to prevent any kind of victory by radical Islam of any sort.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

One of the things that we are fighting together is radical Islamic terrorism. Of course, in the past year, there was significant progress in the fight against the radical Sunni Islamic terrorism led by Daesh and al-Qaida. Russia has made a very important contribution. Naturally, we do not want this terrorism to be replaced by the radical Shiite Islamic terrorism led by Iran.feedback

Menachem Klein

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

I will express to President Putin Israel's vigorous opposition to this possibility.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

It is something that we need to fight together. I think this is important in Europe. It's important in America.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

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.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

Australia has been courageously willing to puncture U.N. hypocrisy more than once.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

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.feedback

Donald J. Trump

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.feedback

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

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.feedback

Labeeb Taha

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.feedback

Richard Bell

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.feedback

Donald J. Trump

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.feedback

Hassan Nasrallah - Hezbollah

Would someone please reply to Netanyahu? Someone with some honor? Tell him, No, you are a liar, you are still our enemy?feedback

Sima Kadmon

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.feedback

Donald J. Trump

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Well, he was never small. He was always big. He was always tall.feedback

Donald J. Trump

That doesn't sound too optimistic, but he's a good negotiator.feedback

Donald J. Trump

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?feedback

Donald J. Trump

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.feedback

Donald J. Trump

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.feedback

Donald J. Trump

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.feedback

Donald J. Trump

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.feedback

Sean Spicer

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.feedback

Gilad Erdan

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.feedback

Dennis Ross

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.feedback

Yousef Munayyer

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.feedback

Christopher S. Murphy

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.feedback

Sean Spicer

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.feedback

Aaron David Miller

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.feedback

Donald J. Trump

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.feedback

Donald J. Trump

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.feedback

Yousef Munayyer

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.feedback

Malcolm Hoenlein

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.feedback

Dan Shapiro

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.feedback

Abu Yousef

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.feedback

Gilad Erdan

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Hanan Ashrawi

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.feedback

Abu Yousef

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Danny Danon - United Nations

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

The left-wing media is engaged in a Bolshevik hunt, brainwashing and character assassination against me and my family.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Luis Videgaray

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.feedback

Sean Spicer

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.feedback

Anat Ben Nun

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

David Keyes

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.feedback

Maysaloun Hamoud

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.feedback

Donald J. Trump

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.feedback

Yair Lapid

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?feedback

Dan Shapiro

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.'.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Dan Shapiro

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Sean Spicer

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.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Barack Obama

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.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

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.feedback

Heinz-Christian Strache

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Avichai Mandelblit

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.feedback

Lindsey Graham

Israel is always the bad guy in the eyes of the United Nations.feedback

Gerry Connolly

The point of the measure seems to be to bash Obama on the way out.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Yair Lapid

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I suggest that the opposition calm down, and send an all-clear siren to the tailors.feedback

David Friedman

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.feedback

Morton Klein

I don't think there's going to be issues of any significance or consequence in which Trump and Netanyahu will differ.feedback

Yousef Munayyer

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

John Kerry

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.feedback

John Kerry

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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?feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Sean Spicer

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.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

There are ways, various ways of undoing [the deal]. I have about five things in my mind.feedback

Jacob Parakilas - Chatham House

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.feedback

Jacob Parakilas - Chatham House

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I think Iran didn't rush to the bomb before there was a deal. No, because they were afraid of retribution.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

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.feedback

Amnon Abramovitz

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.feedback

Saeb Erekat

Additionally, we will provide the International Criminal Court with information about this and other steps taken by the Israeli government.feedback

Talia Sasson

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.feedback

Saeb Erekat

We call upon all states of the United Nations, particularly Security Council members, to support a forthcoming resolution on settlements.feedback

Alex Ansky

You don't have statues like this in all of Israel. The provocation is touching a very, very, very open wound in this country.feedback

Itay Zalait

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Amit Segal

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Roni Alsheich

It's likely that where it was arson, it goes in the direction of nationalistic.feedback

Noah Wolfson

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.feedback

Karnit Flug - Bank of Israel

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.feedback

Avichai Mandelblit

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Yossi Verter

Netanyahu's emissary is on a death mission to destroy what's left of Israeli media.feedback

Elad Man

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.feedback

David Bitan

The corporation has been hijacked by people whose agenda is leftist and anti-government.feedback

Ben Rhodes

I wouldn't rule out the president taking any particular step.feedback

Ben Rhodes

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.feedback

Hagit Ofran - Peace Now

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel has a special place in Ethiopia and Ethiopia has a special place in Israel.feedback

Mwenda Njoka

An attempted assassination can't be secret. It has to be something visible, and to my knowledge there was absolutely nothing of the sort.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Roger Alpher - Haaretz

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.feedback

David Bitan

Something happens to people when they become Mossad and Shin Bet directors. They turn into leftists.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Ofer Klein

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.feedback

Crispin Hawes

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Yariv Levin

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.feedback

Isaac Herzog

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I reckon that had (he) not been asked to leave the Defence Ministry, he would not have quit.feedback

Moshe Yaalon

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.feedback

Moshe Yaalon

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.feedback

Moshe Yaalon

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.feedback

John Kirby

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.feedback

Moshe Yaalon

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Lillian Pinkus

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.feedback

Hillary Clinton

Some things aren't negotiable. And anyone who doesn't understand that has no business being our president.feedback

Donald J. Trump

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.feedback

Hillary Clinton

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.feedback

Joe Biden

Bibi (Netanyahu) thinks it can be accommodated, and I believe he believes it. I don't.feedback

Joshua Block - American Civil Liberties Union

Trump has said a lot of things about Israel over the years, most of it favorable but some of it more ambiguous. This will be an opportunity to address the ambiguity before a serious foreign policy audience.feedback

Jonathan Greenblatt

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Gadi Eisenkot

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.feedback

Barack Obama

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.feedback

Moshe Yaalon

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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?feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Very, very pro-Israel, nobody is more pro-Israel, but I would like to give it a shot.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

We discussed concrete ways to de-escalate the situation on the ground and to guarantee the status quo in the holy sites.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

John Kerry

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.feedback

John Kerry

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.feedback

John Kirby

Both agreed on the need to stop incitement, reduce tension and restore calm.feedback

John Kerry

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel wants peace. I want peace, a peace founded on mutual recognition, iron-clad security arrangements in which Israel could defend itself by itself.feedback

Angela Merkel

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.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

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.feedback

John Kerry

Over the weekend I was in touch with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas, and we're working on trying to calm things down.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

The terror of suicide bombers did not vanquish us, and the terror of knives will not beat us.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

The response from nearly every one of the governments represented here has been… absolutely nothing. Other silence. Deafening silence.feedback

Nicolas Shahshahani

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.feedback

Ned Price

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I'm not convinced that the agreement, as I understand it, will actually stop Iran from getting a bomb. But you have to try.feedback

Mehereta Baruch-Ron

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.feedback

Isabelle Kumar - Euronews

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….feedback

Sadegh Zibakalam

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

It appears the deal being formulated in Lausanne will leave Iran with underground facilities, the nuclear reactor in Arak and with advanced centrifuges.feedback

Saeb Erekat

Mr. Netanyahu has done nothing in his political life but to destroy the two-state solution.feedback

Isaac Herzog

We need to join forces, we need to unite, we need to work together to win; it's either us or him.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

In my opinion, Congress could be the last brake for stopping the deal.feedback

John Kerry

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.feedback

Saeb Erekat

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

We need a strong and stable government and a strong and stable government means only one thing, and I believe Israel wants a big Likud win.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

David Ricci

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Jaffa Gate

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.feedback

Haim Bleicher

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.feedback

Naftali Bennett

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.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

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.feedback

Yigal Palmor

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.feedback

Hani al-Masri

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Danny Dayan

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.feedback

Reuven Rivlin

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….feedback

Saeb Erekat

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.feedback

Saeb Erekat

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?feedback

Jonathan Speyer

He will probably face some opposition from Israeli society but Netanyahu will now be riding a wave of popularity.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Barack Obama

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Houshang Hassn-Yari

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.feedback

Arieh Eldad

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.feedback

Mark Regev

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.feedback

Nabil Shaath

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.feedback

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

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?feedback

Abdullah Gul

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.feedback

Barack Obama

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.feedback

Taher al-Nunu - Hamas

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Tear up your pact with Hamas. Sit down and negotiate. Make peace with the Jewish state.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel is not what is wrong about the Middle East; Israel is what is right about the Middle East.feedback

Mahmoud Kafa

Settlements are the main obstacle to peace and a final agreement. Real pressure from America might stop the settlement building.feedback

Saeb Erekat

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.feedback

Avi Sofer

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.feedback

Mustafa Barghouti

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.feedback

Luis Carballo

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.feedback

Hagit Ofran - Peace Now

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.feedback

Ari Shavat

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.feedback

Ilan Elgar

We are not willing to allow the entry of organised groups intent on provoking and demonstrating, just as any other country wouldn't.feedback

Uri Davis

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.feedback

Fariba Mavaddat

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Amr Moussa - Arab League

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.feedback

Tzipi Livni

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.feedback

Avichay Adraee

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.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

Hamas blesses the attack in Tel Aviv and sees it as a natural response to the Israeli massacres…in Gaza.feedback

Fouad Siniora

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.feedback

Freddy Eytan

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.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

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.feedback

Dina Porat

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.feedback

Uzi Arad

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.feedback

Mark Regev

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.feedback

Peter Medding

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.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Francois Hollande

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.feedback

Eitan Gilboa

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Shimon Peres

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

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.feedback

Vladimir Putin

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.feedback

Angela Merkel

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Hua Chunying

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

What we wanted to prevent coming into Gaza are rockets, missiles, explosives and war material that could be used to attack our civilians.feedback

Ehud Olmert

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.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

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.feedback

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