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Sima Kadmon
After he turned Trump into the best thing that has happened to the Jews in 5,000 years, into the greatest friend of Israel in history, how can Netanyahu now issue a condemnation and talk about an anti-Semitic and racist president?feedback
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Aug 18 2017
Benjamin Netanyahu, Benyamin Netanyahu and Sean Spicer, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Israeli relations. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 193 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 380 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Benjamin Netanyahu is: “The media and the left, which serves it... contrive endless scandals, endless reports and endless headlines so that maybe, maybe something will stick.”.
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Tzipi Livni

The Likudniks are not corrupt, but Netanyahu is corrupting Israel. I am sure that many, many of the Likud voters – decent people and good citizens – are feeling uncomfortable this evening.feedback

Walid Omary

The collusion by Netanyahu with his Arab autocratic neighbors leaves little doubt that free independent media and truth are ready to be sacrificed as collateral damage in the power politics of the region. What difference then is there between Israel, as a perceived democracy, and these dictatorships?feedback

Avi Gabbay

There are no two ways about it. There is only being for or against the corruption and the rot.feedback

Gadi Wolfsfeld

At some point, people in his party are going to say enough is enough.feedback

Miri Regev

I am not worried at all. The Prime Minister is not worried either. As he has said repeatedly: 'there will be nothing, since there is nothing.' Part of the media and the opposition are doing everything they can to topple the right and topple Netanyahu. It won't help them. You replace the leadership at the ballot box, not in investigations and not in headlines.feedback

Sima Kadmon

Ari Harow signed a state's witness agreement because he has something to tell. Then Netanyahu is already a dead man walking.feedback

Tzachi Hanegbi

At this stage, by law, every Israeli citizen, and certainly the prime minister, must be presumed completely innocent. So he is running the state and in parallel, he is managing his legal battle.feedback

Aluf Benn - Haaretz

Netanyahu is now playing the lead role in the tragedy of 'Regime Change in Jerusalem'. The season is still in its first episodes, but spoiler alerts are already warranted: in the season finale, a new leader will sit on the throne.feedback

Barak Medina

Formally, he won't have to resign. But if all the information comes out and the police recommend he be charged with a serious crime, it is unlikely he will be able to carry on in his job.feedback

Donald J. Trump

You know, you look at Israel – Israel has a wall and everyone said do not build a wall, walls do not work – 99.9 percent of people trying to come across that wall cannot get across and more. Bibi Netanyahu told me the wall works. The Wall is necessary. That's not just politics, and yet it is good for the heart of the nation because people want protection and a wall protects. All you've got to do is ask Israel.feedback

David Bitan

The prime minister does not need to resign, rather he needs to prove his innocence. There will be no indictment. But let's say there will be: the charges would still be minor and the prime minister would be able both to function and to prove his innocence.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

We met with all the authorities – ministries of defence, housing and finance – in order to renew the work to establish the community of Amichai for the evacuees of Amona. They deserve a home, as soon as possible. There is no government that does more for the settlements than the government that I lead.feedback

Odelia Carmon

He dealt with raising donations, he dealt with the finances, he dealt with state secrets. So this is not someone that Netanyahu can disavow, and I further believe he has everything documented.feedback

Sheldon Adelson

Hasn't the time come to put an end to all of this? Have we all gone crazy? Are we suckers who are willing to live with it?feedback

Temel Karamollaoglu

You should know that not only Gaza, but Tel Aviv also has their eyes on this parade ground. Netanyahu does as well, and he is scared.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

The Al-Jazeera network continues to incite violence around the Temple Mount. I have appealed several times to law enforcement authorities demanding the closure of the Al-Jazeera Jerusalem office. If this does not happen because of legal interpretation, I will work to legislate the required laws in order to remove Al-Jazeera from Israel.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

There are members of my local branch that now won't speak with me because they know I'm Jewish. This was never the case and only started in the last two years. Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu government than our Muslim friends are for those various self-styled Islamic states or organisations.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I think its actually crazy. There is no logic here. Europe is undermining its security by undermining Israel. Europe is undermining its progress by undermining the connection with Israeli innovation because of a crazy attempt to create conditions [for peace with Palestine].feedback

Ehud Yaari

Netanyahu is upset because the Jordanians were told that the Shiite militias would be kept 40 kilometers from their border. Israel did not get the same promise. We were left out.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

The onslaught of the media on the prime minister is of unprecedented proportions. You cannot claim innocence. False tales have been concocted and they are sinking into the abyss.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

We are part of the European culture. Europe ends in Israel. East of Israel, there is no more Europe. We have no greater friends than the Christians who support Israel around the world.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Macron said there is a new anti-Semitism that is expressed in anti-Zionism, that is delegitimizing the one and only Jewish state. In many ways, Hungary is at the forefront of the states that are opposed to this anti-Jewish policy and I welcome it and I express the appreciation of my government and the people, many people in Israel for this.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I'd like a parallel process with the Arab countries, at the same time as the process with the Palestinians. I am against. It is not a good initiative.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

It will be difficult to push forward quickly with the American initiative. I'm not sure that Abu Mazen (Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas) can deliver on his commitments, for internal political reasons.feedback

Viktor Orban

It is the duty of every Hungarian government to defend its citizens whatever their heritage. During World War Two, Hungary did not honor this moral and political obligation. That is a crime, because we chose collaboration with the Nazis over the defense of the Jewish community. That can never happen again. The Hungarian government will defend all of its citizens in the future.feedback

Viktor Orban

Hungary does not want a mixed population. [Hungary] does not want to change its current ethnic makeup. It will not defer to an external pressure.feedback

Dorian Barak

When you see Chinese names on the sides of buildings in Herzliya Pituah (near Tel Aviv) as you currently see American names, you'll know the Chinese investors have really arrived and the Chinese strategics have arrived en masse. There's a long way to go.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

(Orban) reassured me in unequivocal terms (over the anti-Semitic concerns). I appreciate that. These are important words.feedback

Sean Spicer

There is a shared interest that we have with Israel making sure that Iran does not gain any foothold military, base-wise in southern Syria. We are going to continue those talks [with Netanyahu].feedback

Thom Yorke

Playing in a country isn't the same as endorsing its government. We've played in Israel for over 20 years through a succession of governments, some more liberal than others. As we have in America. We don't endorse [Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu any more than Trump, but we still play in America. Music, art and academia is about crossing borders not building them, about open minds not closed ones, about shared humanity, dialogue and freedom of expression. I hope that makes it clear Ken.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I have come here to bow my head in memory of our slain brothers and sisters slaughtered slowly because they were Jews. I have come here to mourn with you the victims.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I reject the tone of those who pretend today that Vichy was not France. Vichy was definitely not all French people it was the government and the administration of France.feedback

George Soros

I am distressed by the current Hungarian regime's use of anti-Semitic imagery as part of its deliberate disinformation campaign. Equally, I am heartened that together with countless fellow citizens the leadership of the Hungarian Jewish community has spoken out against the campaign.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

We share the same desire for a peaceful Middle East. Recently we have witnessed a rise of extremist forces that seek to destroy not only the Jews but of course the Jewish state as well [and] well beyond that. ...Your struggle is our struggle. The zealots of militant Islam, who seek to destroy you, seek to destroy us as well. We must stand against them together.feedback

Ken Loach

I and others are still willing to meet Yorke and his colleagues, together with Palestinian artists. Radiohead are important to a lot of people around the world, not just because they are accomplished and very distinguished musicians, but also because they are perceived to be a progressive political band. None of us want to see them make the mistake of appearing to endorse or cover up Israeli oppression. If they go to Tel Aviv, they may never live it down.feedback

Avi Gabbay

We will replace him. We will bring in the 30 [Knesset] seats necessary to replace him. The campaign to replace Netanyahu begins today. We must create sources of income for the weak segments of the population and improve the public system that gives services to citizens. You put your hope in a new leader and here I am before you. Today a new path begins. The path begins now. The path leads to a new government. This path is for everyone. This path is for all the citizens of Israel.feedback

Emmanuel Nahshon

Israel deplores any expression of anti-Semitism in any country and stands with Jewish communities everywhere in confronting this hatred. This was the sole purpose of the statement issued by Israel's ambassador to Hungary. In no way was the statement meant to de-legitimize criticism of George Soros, who continuously undermines Israel's democratically elected governments by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself.feedback

Avigdor Lieberman

Unesco is a politically biased, shameful and anti-Semitic organization whose decisions are scandalous, and I hope that with the help of our great friend the United States, the organization's budget will be cut off.feedback

Isaac Fisher

Enough is enough. The time has come for the Israeli government to understand that its public includes all the people of Israel. Netanyahu and the ultra-Orthodox say, You don't matter. They say to our women, Your Judaism isn't Judaism. We have an obligation to put an end to it.feedback

Ehud Barak

That two Middle Eastern Jews have reached the end of the race is a badge of honour for the party. But I want people to vote for me because I promise a better future and I am the only one who can attract new constituencies and beat Netanyahu.feedback

Rick Jacobs

This is about those who stand up and fight against Israel's delegitimization on university campuses and at Capitol Hill. You cannot delegitimize the majority of American Jews, then say, Can you help us out here?feedback

Rick Jacobs

This horse trading is going to affect the well-being, unity and diversity of the Jewish people.feedback

Ofra Daus Kreisel

I want the American Jews to flex their muscles and set an ultimatum. There is a feeling that we are only going backward in this country.feedback

Mordechai Kremnitzer

What the government is doing is not only weakening Israel internally, but also weakening Israel with its relationship with the world, with the world of democracies. The lack of understanding, or the opposite of understanding, by this government is to some extent a surprise for me. If I think of democracy in the richer concept, if we care for human rights, the rights of minorities, the rule of law, I am concerned.feedback

Anat Hoffman

I feel like someone who baked something phenomenal and wonderful for three years and was ready to serve it to guests and suddenly was told that that the dish is going into the deep freezer and never come out again. The government froze the fruit of three years of negotiations. These negotiations were reached by listening to each other, mutual understanding… The [prime minister] initiated the negotiations and promised us and inspired us and now in one quick swoop without any warning stopped it all.feedback

Naftali Bennett

The representatives of U.S. Jewry feel they were slapped in the face by the [Israeli] government and that they are apparently no longer welcome here.feedback

Naftali Bennett

The Jews of the US are welcomed and loved, they are our brothers. But mistakes were made regarding timing and the way things were done. Additionally there is an apparent campaign of misinformation claiming the [Western Wall] is being closed to Diaspora Jews and that the status of conversions is being changed. This is false. This is why, over the next day, we will hold a series of meetings to listen to the leaders of Diaspora Communities and reach understanding allowing us to end this crisis.feedback

Natan Sharansky

This gives a very strong message that you (the diaspora) are not important to us.feedback

Carrie Kaufman

I want to speak to other Jews and say that firstly- saying you're 'not Zionist' as a way to justify an allegiance to something or to not be critical of Zionism is not the same as being anti-Zionist, and is actually a position of neutrality which means being uncritical of the state of Israel. It is very important that American Jews understand how this symbol and the idea that white European Jews are entitled to Israel have been used to fuel a colonialist state where Palestinian people are robbed of their rights, dignity, and lives on their own land.feedback

Naftali Bennett

The main message for Jews around the world is 'you are wanted'. The Kotel is open for all Jews of the world and will remain open for all Jews of the world.feedback

Elazar Stern

Cancelling the Western Wall agreement causes a severe crisis between Israel and the Jewish diaspora and when such a decision is taken secretly, away from the eyes of the public and without ministers having a chance to prepare for it adequately, a large shadow is cast upon it.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

The government's decision to freeze the Western Wall arrangement sends a clear message to the entire world: The Reform do not and will not have access or recognition at the Western Wall.feedback

Shmuel Rosner

Are you willing to put your money, energy, dedication, where your mouth is? If not, move on – because the [ultra-Orthodox] just proved that for them this issue is really important.feedback

Jonathan Arkush

Yesterday's decision will precipitate disharmony between Jews both in Israel and elsewhere in the Jewish world. It is a Chillul HaShem, a desecration of God's name.feedback

Dennis Ross

We're a small people. We are, in a sense, in one house and there shouldn't be any exclusion and there shouldn't be those who define for others whether or not they're Jewish. It is dangerous if there are steps taken here that would alienate the vast majority of American Jews.feedback

Rick Jacobs

The prime minister made this decision without even a discussion with key leaders of the North American Jewish communities. The decision cannot be seen as anything other than a betrayal, and I see no point to a meeting at this time.feedback

Tzachi Braverman

It is important to Prime Minister Netanyahu that every Jew be able to pray at the Western Wall. The prime minister instructed Minister Tzahi Hanegbi and me to continue with talks in order to try and reach a solution.feedback

Rick Jacobs

The decision cannot be seen as anything other than a betrayal, and I see no point to a meeting at this time. We will make our arguments in the Supreme Court.feedback

Elazar Stern

Cancellation of the Western Wall plan is causing a serious crisis between Israel and Diaspora Jewry and a decision like this, taken in an underhanded and secretive way, far from the public eye, and without the ministers being able to prepare in a proper way for a debate, casts a deep shadow over it.feedback

Moshe Gafni

We are happy about this, and thank the holy one, blessed is he, on this great success.feedback

Anat Hoffman

This is a bad day for women in Israel. The Women of the Wall will continue to worship at the women's section of the Western Wall with the Torah scroll, prayer shawls and phylacteries until equality for women arrives at the Wall as well.feedback

Tavy Rosner - Barclays

A prolonged trading halt is a rather rare procedure which requires approval from the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange's chairman and cannot exceed one trading day and gives the company a chance to provide colour to the market.feedback

Sean Spicer

They're going to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu and senior officials on his team, they're going to meet with President Abbas and officials on his team later in the week and I think part of it is how to make incremental change that results in a lasting peace.feedback

Seamus O'Brolchain

Well, we tried to engage. We sent you letters in the post, we politely tried to hand them to a band member at a public event, we called your agents and your publicists, and you ignored us. Not even an acknowledgement, nothing at all. We tried to open a dialogue and it was you who refused.feedback

Seamus O'Brolchain

If you're going to justify your show in Tel Aviv, it is them you you should be addressing. Saying you're upset because Ken Loach didn't call allows you to avoid the real point, which is that you are playing on occupied land against the wishes of an oppressed people. And you're ignoring the voices of those people. Do you even care?feedback

Ken Loach

Thom's is a simple choice: will he stand with the oppressor or the oppressed?feedback

Jordi Cruyff

I'm proud of him. It makes me happy to see a coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv make it to the top. Peter has earned it and I am tremendously pleased that we have been part of his journey to Dortmund. Twelve months ago he was our coach.feedback

Nikki Haley

It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it wants to maintain its credibility.feedback

Nikki Haley

It's hard to accept that this council has never considered a resolution on Venezuela and yet it adopted five biased resolutions in March against a single country – Israel. It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it is to have any credibility. The United States is looking very carefully at this council and our participation in it. We see some areas for significant strengthening.feedback

Jamil Dakwar

It's hard to take Ambassador Haley seriously on U.S. support for human rights in light of Trump administration actions like the Muslim ban and immigration crackdowns. The United States must get its own house in order and make human rights at home a priority – then, it can begin to credibly demand the same of other countries abroad.feedback

Hussein Ibish

By signing the waiver he avoids creating a problem. But by saying he still intends to move the embassy, he protects himself, protects Netanyahu, and is still holding out the threat to the Arabs and the Palestinians that look, there's still something on the other side, so cooperate with me.feedback

Yuval Steinitz

I think the time has come to put an end to this farce. Everybody recognizes Israel as the capital of Israel. When Trump comes here, he goes to Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv. I hope that happens before the Messiah comes.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I wanted you to know how much we appreciate the American change in policy on Iran. We can hold back Iran's march in this region and thwart Iran's unbridled ambition. You noted so succinctly that common dangers are turning former enemies into partners, and that is where we see something new and potentially very promising. It will not be simple, but for the first time in many years, and the first time in my lifetime, I see a real hope for change. Welcome to our palace. Israel's hand is extended in peace to all of our neighbors, including the Palestinians.feedback

Sarah Posner

During remarks to the press with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem today, President Trump was asked whether he had any concerns about intelligence cooperation with the United States. “Just so you understand, ” Trump responded, “I never mentioned the word or the name Israel, never mentioned it during that conversation. They’re all saying I did. So you had another story wrong. Never mentioned the word Israel.”.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Mr. President, Israel also shares the commitment to peace that you expressed yesterday. We've already made peace with Egypt and with Jordan, and Israel's hand is extended in peace to all our neighbors, including the Palestinians. The peace we seek is a genuine and durable one, in which the Jewish state is recognized, security remains in Israel's hands and the conflict ends once and for all. Mr. President, you just flew from Riyadh to Tel Aviv. I hope that one day an Israeli prime minister will be able to fly from Tel Aviv to Riyadh.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Your visit here is truly historic. Never before has a first foreign trip of a US president included Israel. Thank you for this powerful expression of your friendship to Israel. Israel's hand is extended in peace to all our neighbors, including the Palestinians. I hope one day an Israeli Prime Minister will be able to fly from Tel Aviv to Riyadh.feedback

Naftali Bennett

The question is not Trump. The question is Benjamin Netanyahu. I think we're blowing it, this huge opportunity to form a new policy.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Mr. President, you just flew from Riyadh to Tel Aviv. I hope that one day an Israeli prime minister can fly from Tel Aviv to Riyadh. In doing so we've protected all faiths, Muslims, Christians, everyone. Israel's hand is extended in peace to all our neighbors, including the Palestinians. The peace we seek is a genuine one, in which the Jewish state is recognized, security remains in Israel's hands, and the conflict ends once and for all.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

It's President Trump's first visit outside the United States [as president] and we're honored that he has chosen to come to the State of Israel and to Jerusalem, Israel's capital. Mr. President, we look forward to your visit. The citizens of Israel will receive you with open arms. I will discuss with President Trump ways to strengthen our primary and steadfast ties with the United States. We will improve our security ties, that we are strengthening on a daily basis. We will also discuss ways to advance the peace.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Mr. President, we look forward to your visit. The citizens of Israel will receive you with open arms. I will discuss with President Trump ways to strengthen even further the primary and strongest alliance with the US. We will strengthen security ties, which are strengthening daily.feedback

Jonathan Schanzer

I think that if Trump himself goes to the Western Wall and does it with Israeli officials, even Israeli security, there's going to be very little argument over who controls the Western Wall – certainly [when] going there to acknowledge it as a Jewish holy site.feedback

Gideon Levy - Haaretz

I think most Israelis will be quite indifferent. It is a society in denial. It is a society totally preoccupied with private affairs. No one but the settlers will celebrate. But, also, no one will mourn. In that respect, Gush Etzion is the right place to mark it, because only settlers will feel the day. In Tel Aviv, people couldn't care less and no artificial effort by the government can change that.feedback

Eric Trump

You can't build the tallest building in Tel Aviv and try to negotiate peace in the Middle East.feedback

Yisrael Katz

Intelligence cooperation between Israel and the United States regarding the threats posed by Iran and its proxies and ISIS and its affiliates will continue and deepen.feedback

Ian Bremmer - Eurasia Group

The Saudis wanted to see the back of Obama; they're much happier with Trump. [Israeli prime minister] Netanyahu wanted to see the back of Obama; he's much happier with Trump. The Pope gives nice symbolism. He's got bigger problems, and doesn't really know anything about NATO. Most of his key advisers don't really want to change things–I think he'd rather pretend he has a win, saying: 'They're spending more and it's because of me.feedback

David Keyes

No external pressure is required for him to begin negotiations and no domestic pressure will prevent him from doing so. It requires some chutzpah for President Abbas to say he educates Palestinian children 'on a culture of peace' when he names public squares, schools, and sports clubs for mass-murders and pays convicted terrorists hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Prime Minister Netanyahu will be the first to welcome a genuine change in these Palestinian policies.feedback

Amnon Sofrin

It may cause small damage, or a local one, but not a disaster. None of us in the intelligence community likes this event, but it can be put aside.feedback

Yossi Melman

If he did this with malicious intent, then that is a different story, which borders on treason and espionage. There is no doubt that officials in the U.S. intelligence community are also embarrassed by the president's amateurism. But at this point what can they do?feedback

Conor Powell - Fox News

Everyone I've spoken to in D.C. that has been briefed on #Jerusalem embassy move says #Netanyahu told #Trump not to move embassy at this time.feedback

Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler

Netanyahu did not like the independence that the corporation was showing. They told him from square one that they would do what they wanted, in accordance with the authorities given to them by the law.feedback

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Those that know the region know that it has now become really urgent to implement the proposals of the two state solution. From our point of view, there is no other negotiable solution, therefore now is definitely the time to work on the requirements for it.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

The new Hamas document says that Israel has no right to exist, it says every inch of our land belongs to the Palestinians, it says there is no acceptable solution other than to remove Israel... they want to use their state to destroy our state.feedback

Tzipi Hotovely

We will ask our friends in the world to respect this red line and to stop contributing to this organization.feedback

Yehuda Shaul - Breaking the Silence

On the other hand, it gives us more stages to speak about it. I believe Jews have a right to self-determination in the Holy Land. But I refuse to accept that the only way I will be allowed to implement my right to self-determination is if I strip my neighbors, the Palestinians, of the exact same right I demand for myself. A permanent occupation is the most anti-Zionist position one can ever have because it says we are doomed to live in a sin.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

It seems Mr. Netanyahu is under big pressure over what he has done. This is why he is appearing in German newspapers.feedback

Angela Merkel

Yes, he has that. We were in close contact during his visit to Israel.feedback

Nicolas Dupont-Aignan

Whatever the responsibilities of the irresponsible leaders of Hamas in the outbreak of this new confrontation, the path chosen by Israel only pushes it into an impasse. It is not by accumulating the ruins and the dead that Mr. Netanyahu will appease the tensions, passions and hatreds in this region of the world. It's an historic day because we are putting France before personal and partisan interests.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I hope Gabriel meets me on his next trip to Israel rather than a radical fringe group that undermines Israel's security. Foreign diplomats are welcome to meet with civil society activists and members of the opposition and anyone else they'd like. But my red line is that I will not meet diplomats who come to Israel and lend legitimacy to fringe radical groups that falsely accuse our soldiers of war crimes and undermine Israeli security. It was a particularly insensitive time to seek a meeting like this.feedback

Devora Khafi

If you look behind the BDS lens, it calls for these things that are not peaceful. They harm Jewish students and pro-Israel students and they don't support a peaceful, atmosphere on campus.feedback

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

Sigmar Gabriel

I regret it greatly. And, I'll say it openly, we cannot become a political football for Israeli domestic politics. But it's not a catastrophe. There will be another occasion to meet somewhere ... We have to let things cool off. You can absolutely be sure we are committed to the friendship, the partnership and the special relationship with Israel and nothing will change this.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

It is perfectly normal for us to meet with representatives of civil organizations during a diplomatic visit, and you do not get a full impression of the state when you meet only with the government. You have to talk to artists, writers and even critical organizations. Imagine if the Israeli Prime Minister ... came to Germany and wanted to meet people critical of the government and we said that is not possible ... That would be unthinkable. The Israeli ambassador has informed us that - to my regret - the meeting with Netanyahu has been cancelled.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Imagine if foreign diplomats visiting the United States or Britain met with organizations that call American or British soldiers war criminals. Leaders of those countries would surely not accept this.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Democracy is the most difficult and at the same time best form of government because it continues to seek common ground in a never-ending dialogue, even despite very different viewpoints and positions that run contrary to peaceful coexistence.feedback

Ken Loach

I do hope Radiohead, and Thom Yorke in particular, realise the damage they will be doing to the Palestinians if they perform in Tel Aviv. The Palestinians' land is being stolen, they are being oppressed in every way, their daily lives made intolerable, many are imprisoned unlawfully in Israel, including shockingly, their children. I'm afraid your pious words will mean nothing if you turn your backs on the Palestinians. For their sake, and your own self-respect, please think again.feedback

Richard Gere

I think this kind of thing has been going on for years. All our top politicians have done and are doing what [Netanyahu] is being accused of doing.feedback

Danny Gutwein

I don't think Netanyahu is obsessed with the media. He is completely rational, he understands the power of the media and what he did with all this shutting and opening is to create a mechanism that he can now control. It is a calculated system.feedback

Yair Tarchitsky

Netanyahu is doing everything in his power to liquidate the corporation because he understands that he cannot control it.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

As I've said, I've never heard anybody say anything anti-Semitic, but 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.feedback

Hanan Ashrawi

Israel's relentless efforts to expand its illegal settlement enterprise with the aim of displacing Palestine and replacing it with 'Greater Israel' should send a strong message to governments worldwide that they need to intervene immediately and to undertake concrete measures to hold Israel accountable with serious punitive measures. We also call on UN Secretary-General António Guterres to ensure compliance with Security Council resolutions, including UNSC resolution 2334, and to make certain that Israel respects them.feedback

Hanan Ashrawi

Forty-one years later, Israel's policies remain unchanged as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his extremist, racist coalition government continue to persist with their systematic policies of settler colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing, showing a total and blatant disregard for Palestinian human rights, independence and dignity. Today's announcement once again proves that Israel is more committed to appeasing its illegal settler population than to abiding by the requirements for stability and a just peace.feedback

Oded Revivi

The details are much more than what the headlines can hold. From what I understand, it is quite promising. On the other hand, it is not everything that we would like to receive. The true test will be the implementation of these plans and their manifestation as actual bricks and mortar on the ground.feedback

Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi

Ken Livingstone is being pilloried because he is a prominent figure on the left of the Labour Party who has actively defended it from attacks based on false allegations of anti-Semitism. As a Jewish person who supports Palestinian human rights, I reject the notion that criticism of Israel and Zionism is necessarily anti-Semitic. Those who allege anti-Semitism against Ken Livingstone discredit the term. His track record in public office is a clear testament to his commitment to supporting the Jewish community and fighting racism in all its forms, including anti-Semitism.feedback

Boris Johnson

The reality is that they have some pretty tough views about Israel and if you listen to some of the things that are being said about Israel and what should happen to Israel, in my view, it shades into anti-Semitism.feedback

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

Sara Netanyahu

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.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

Husam Zomlot

It is crucial that they are consulting, and that is why we believe this is an opportunity for us. The road to peace is well known, and we are all willing to give it a chance.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

Erik Wemple

A joint news conference in February between President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prompted numerous complaints from big-time media outlets. They’d been shut out of the Q&A session in favor of news outlets that they considered friendly to the interests of the Trump White House. In a discussion about the kerfuffle, Fox News host Shannon Bream asked colleague Howard Kurtz whether such outlets had fretted in the past, when Fox News had been iced out.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

Hanan Ashrawi

We knew that the Israelis tried to exclude the Palestinian side, saying that the leadership does not represent the Palestinian people anymore.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

Dmitry Peskov

It has nothing to do with reality. It hasn't been discussed, and there is no talk about it.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

Yisrael Katz

No Palestinian can oppose this, not Abu Mazen and not Hamas, because it gives them an opening to the world. In an absurd way, we are giving Hamas the keys to the world's largest prison.feedback

Arie Arnon - Aix Group

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

Yisrael Katz

I'm talking about an interim arrangement for 10 to 15 years that can lower violence and friction, loosen the reins on the population and let them develop.feedback

Yisrael Katz

The day he retires, I am running for head of Likud and prime minister.feedback

Nabil Shaath

We are capable of taking care of ourselves. All we need is for Israel to leave us alone and lift the siege on Gaza. Katz's idea is to build a place that will be easy for Israel to control. Israel is the main reason for the crisis in Gaza and it is the obstacle in the way of our development.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

Tzachi Hanegbi

Syria is at a crossroads right now, on one side, there is a cease-fire that seems to be holding and Assad has managed to regain control of parts of his country. Israel is worried that Iran and its proxies will gain a permanent foothold in Syria.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

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

Yossi Verter

His junkets to far-flung places and visits with the leaders of world powers are intended to persuade Israelis that he's the be-all and end-all. The deeper the investigations, the more he'll be in the air.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

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

With this visit the United States, again, reaffirms our unbreakable bond with our cherished ally, Israel. 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

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

Benjamin Netanyahu

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

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

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

Benjamin Netanyahu

There are many issues between us, including the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the situation in Syria and the Iranian threat. I plan to speak soon with President Trump about how to counter the threat of the Iranian regime, which calls for Israel's destruction.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

Barack Obama

I don't think it caused a major rupture in relations between the United States and Israel. If you're saying that [Israeli] Prime Minister [Benjamin] 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.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

Danny Danon - United Nations

It was to be expected that Israel's greatest ally would act in accordance with the values that we share and that they would have vetoed this disgraceful resolution. I have no doubt that the new U.S. administration and the incoming UN Secretary General will usher in a new era in terms of the UN's relationship with Israel.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

PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP IS A TRUE FRIEND OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL. WE WILL WORK TOGETHER TO ADVANCE THE SECURITY, STABILITY AND PEACE IN OUR REGION. THE STRONG CONNECTION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL IS BASED ON SHARED VALUES, SHARED INTERESTS AND A SHARED DESTINY.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

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