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Netanyahu at AIPAC: No Peace without Recognition of Israel as Jewish

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington DC in 2014.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington DC in 2014.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to work for a “durable peace” with the Palestinians in the coming weeks and reiterated his refusal to accept a deal with Iran that included any uranium enrichment capacity.

Netanyahu, in his speech Tuesday morning to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference, embraced an optimistic vision of peace with the Palestinians as the key to broader regional stability.

“I’m prepared to make a historic peace with our Palestinian neighbors,” Netanyahu said.

“Peace would be good for us, peace would be good for the Palestinians, but peace would open up the possibility of establishing formal ties between Israel and leading countries in the Arab world,” he said. “Peace with the Palestinians would turn our relations with them and with many Arab countries into open and thriving relationships.”

Netanyahu repeated a number of his demands of a peace agreement, including Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and a long-term Israeli military presence on the Jordan-Judea and Samaria border, but he suggested that a deal could come soon.

“As we work in the coming days, in the coming weeks, to forge a durable peace, I hope that the Palestinian leadership will stand with Israel and the United States on the right side of the moral divide, the side of peace, reconciliation and hope,” he said.

He paused, waiting for the AIPAC supporters to applaud this vision, and when they did not, he explicitly solicited their applause.

“You can clap — you want to encourage them to do that!” he said.

Netanyahu’s message came a day after meetings he held with President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Obama, before meeting Netanyahu, had told Bloomberg News that he would impress upon him the need to embrace the framework agreement Kerry hopes to unveil soon, and in Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech, he appeared to do so.

The two leaders also discussed the nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers, and in this area, Netanyahu did not appear to budge from his insistence than any deal include a total dismantling of Iran’s nuclear capability, including an end to enrichment.

“The leading powers of the world are talking about leaving Iran with the capability to enrich uranium,” he said. “That would be a grave error.”

Obama and officials in his administration have indicated that leaving Iran with a limited enrichment capability is the likeliest outcome of the talks.

Netanyahu said that Israel could not accept such a status.

“We will never be brought to the brink of extinction again,” he said. ”As prime minister of Israel, I will do whatever I must do to defend the Jewish state of Israel.”

Netanyahu also repeated his call for enhanced sanctions on Iran, something that Obama has rejected, saying they could scuttle the talks.

“You know how you get that agreement with Iran?” Netanyahu said. “Not by relieving pressure, but by adding pressure!”

A focus of Netanyahu’s speech was the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel, which he described as anti-Semitic.

“Those who wear the BDS label should be treated as we treat any anti-Semite and bigot — they should be exposed and condemned,” he said. “The boycotters should be boycotted!”

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16 Responses to “Netanyahu at AIPAC: No Peace without Recognition of Israel as Jewish”

  1. whosr remotlely surprised??

  2. Does Israel recognize itself as Jewish? Sometimes I wonder.

  3. JoAnn Morris says:

    Sorry you have doubts!

  4. I like that but the so-called Palestinians will never accept Israel as a Jewish state so case closed never was or will be a Palestine and never should be.!!

  5. Palestine is about 200 miles to the east of Israel. They’re calling it Jordan. (Once Trans-Jordan)

  6. The US has Jews and allows us to live here as long as we behave for gentiles. How much different is Israel? How about a real Jewish State is all I’m saying.

  7. Binyamin Netanyahu must explain to Barak Obama and to all nations that God gave to Israel all the Land of Canaan, which includes all the Palestine, as it is written in the Bible, in Genesis 12:6-7, 15:13-21, 17:1-8, 17:19, 26:1-5, 28:10-14 and 35:9-12 and Numbers 34:13-29 and Deuteronomy 3:8, and that Israel possessed that land since the year 1466 BCE, and that the Arabs invaded the Land of Israel (Palestine) in the year 635 CE, so that all the Palestine belongs to Israel, including the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, and the Arabs are invaders.
    The State of Israel must not make pact with the Palestinians, because it is written in the Torah, in Exodus 23:32 and 34:12 and Deuteronomy 7:2 that God commanded Israel not to make pact with the inhabitants of the Land of Canaan, that is the Land of Israel, also called "Palestine", and it is written in the Torah, in Numbers 33:50-53 and Deuteronomy 1:8 and 30:5, that God commanded Israel to possess all the Land of Canaan, that is the Land of Israel, also called “Palestine”. Therefore, the peace talks with the Palestinians must cease immediately.

  8. Edinson Mota says:

    I LOVE ISRAEL GOD BLESS ISRAEL

  9. Jean Perles says:

    ישראל היא הארץ של אלוהים אדיר
    ישראל שייכת לאלוהים, שניתן על ידי אלוהים ליהודים

    האומה הגדולה ביותר על פני כדור הארץ, המתגורר במדינה היהודית

  10. Shemaya Shiloh are you Jewish? in Cuba?I doubt it you know that many Israelis are seculars that doesn’t make them Jews?

  11. Bottom line IMHO: While it will be difficult to obtain, Israel needs a comprehensive, sustainable 2-state resolution of her conflict with the Palestinians in order to avert renewed violence, respond effectively to her economic, environmental, and other domestic problems, and to remain both a Jewish and democratic state. Failure to obtain such a resolution will result in a very negative future for Israel, the Palestinians, the US, and, indeed, much of the world. This is not only my view, but, as indicated in the Israeli Academy Award-nominated movie, "The Gatekeepers," is also the opinion of many Israeli strategic experts, including all the living retired heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s General Security Service. Of course Israel’s security has to be a major concern in the negotiations.

  12. Alan Kardon says:

    If and when there is an Arab state established will it be Moslem?

  13. Alex Shapiro says:

    Alan Kardon: Sure it will be a Moslem state that will follow the Islamic precepts, like the following:

    Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him." (Hadith, Sahih Bukhari, 4.52.177)

    LOL!

  14. Netanyahu knows full well that peace with the "Palestinians" and the surrounding Arab countries is impossible, not because they are Arabs, but because they are Moslems who take the Koran and Muhammad seriously. The Islamic sacred texts clearly command Moslems to make war on the Jews and to either subjugate them or kill them. The Hamas Charter makes this perfectly clear. Therefore, any Moslem who agrees to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and to live in peace with such Jewish state would have to violate the sacred commands of their god and their prophet. Unfortunately, this is a truth which even Netanyahu dare not utter.

  15. Thank you PM for standing with your people. God will not allow Israel to be wiped out as people think. He has His Plans why He has left all these things to happen. His WORD will never change. He gave Israel to the Jewish and people should know that. God and few true friends recognize Israel as a Nation and Jerusalem its capital city. I AM PROUD OF THAT!

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