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JERUSALEM – Speaking in Jerusalem before the annual gathering of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefed Jewish leaders on the three main threats Israel must deal with in the coming weeks and months: the Iranian threat, instability in Syria, and peace talks with the Palestinians.
“Iran’s nuclear weapons program continues unabated,” Netanyahu said. “It’s focused on enrichment. If they can continue and complete the highly enriched uranium, they’ll have enough to [eventually] produce a nuclear bomb.
“I drew a line at the UN the last time I was there. They haven’t crossed that line, but what they’re doing is shortening the time that it will take them to cross that line. And the way they’re shortening that time is by putting in new, faster centrifuges that cut the time by one third.”
Netanyahu said, “This has to be stopped for the interest of peace and security, for the interest of the entire world. How do you stop it? You have to put greater pressure on them. You have to upgrade the sanctions. And they have to know that if the sanctions and diplomacy fails, they will face an incredible military threat. That’s essential. Nothing else will do the job. And it’s getting closer.”
Netanyahu said that Syria is “not a developed country. And it certainly suffered tremendous tragedies in the last two years with great human cost. But this undeveloped country has the world’s most developed weapons. It has stockpiles of chemical weapons, and it has other strategic weapons – weapons that can change the balance of power in the Middle East. I’ve said [it] before and I’ll say it again: We will not sit idly by and let those weapons fall into the hands of terrorists.”
Netanyahu had much to say about the stalled peace negotiations with the Palestinians and President Obama’s planned March visit to Israel. “The third challenge is to advance a solid, secure peace with the Palestinians. I believe that the framework for this peace is what I outlined in my speech at Bar-Ilan University: two states for two peoples [and] a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state.
“I think to reach this solution we have to negotiate in good faith. [This] means you don’t place preconditions. In the last four years the Palestinians have, regrettably, placed preconditions time after time. My hope is that they leave these preconditions aside and get to the negotiating table so we don’t waste another four years.”
Netanyahu said that these three great challenges would be some of the main subjects that he intends to raise with President Obama during the president’s trip to Israel. “I welcome him,” Netanyahu said. “I think this is a wonderful opportunity to reaffirm the strategic relationship between Israel and the United States. We have a great alliance. We’ve worked together very closely, closer than perhaps meets the eye…
“We worked together on security, diplomacy and intelligence. The United States has assisted us in Iron Dome; we’ve assisted the United States on some delicate matters. That relationship is one of mutual values, mutual benefit. When you look at the Middle East, when you look at this area and see the great power of freedom of the United States, you see the swirling sands of the Middle East. And there is one solid, reliable ally of the United States: the state of Israel. I think that’s become more apparent than ever.”
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Palestinian Authority manipulation of the media makes it impossible for peace between PA Arabs and Israelis.
“I know that you spent your vacation doing things not according to what you planned,” the prime minister told students in southern Israel.
Heavy fighting in Syria is overflowing into Israel.
A Syrian rebel group attacks dozens of UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights; others are held captive. UNDOF head is challenged.
The price of self-service 95 octane gasoline in Israel dropped by a tiny bit — one agora per liter — at midnight on Sunday.
Residents of Gaza Belt communities were furious and worried on the first day of school to find no one at the guard posts.
Arab terror gangs have again attacked Israeli travelers over the past few hours on main arteries around Jerusalem.
Minister Bennett praised the government in a visit to Gush Etzion for its decision to answer terror with Jewish expansion.
The International Criminal Court at The Hague has no jurisdiction over Gaza or anywhere else in the PA — yet.
Jerusalem Arabs attacked the Light Rail train Monday morning as it passed through the northern Arab neighborhood of Shuafat.
Arab media claim the US is again pressuring Israel to restart final status talks with the Palestinian Authority.
The Obama administration has sharply condemned the Israeli government’s decision Sunday to designate a lot in Gush Etzion as state land.
What is interesting is the latest reason the Arabs are rioting…
A mortar launched from Syria landed inside an Israeli agricultural area, close to 9am.
As of Tuesday, all IDF forces operating in Gaza withdrew and redeployed to holding positions around Gaza.
The sophisticated cement tunnels, which cost hundreds of millions of dollars, were reportedly built with Qatari government funds.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the nation on Tuesday afternoon that if the rocket fire did not stop by Tuesday evening, he would order “an even harsher” military response.
“They were abducted and murdered in cold blood by human animals,” Netanyahu said shortly after the bodies were found.
Awad had been released as part of the Gilad Shalit kidnapping deal. Mizrachi’s widow, Hadas, told Israeli reporters that she had opposed the release of murderers as part of any kidnapping deal, and that Awad “deserved the death penalty so he wouldn’t kill again.”
If the abductors’ goal was to force Israeli authorities to release long-serving Palestinian prisoners, the effort backfired as Israeli forces are quickly rolling up what was left of Hamas in the West Bank and are reportedly contemplating the overthrow of the Hamas leadership in Gaza should harm come to the three teenagers.
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