Statement by PM Netanyahu on UN Vote

Published on Thursday, 29 November 2012 by Marina Rozhansky

Statement by PM Netanyahu on UN Vote
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning (Thursday, 29 November 2012), at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, made the following statement:

"Israel is prepared to live in peace with a Palestinian state, but for peace to endure, Israel's security must be protected. The Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state and they must be prepared to end the conflict with Israel once and for all.

None of these vital interests, these vital interests of peace, none of them appear in the resolution that will be put forward before the General Assembly today and that is why Israel cannot accept it. The only way to achieve peace is through agreements that are reached by the parties directly; through valid negotiations between themselves, and not through UN resolutions that completely ignore Israel’s vital security and national interests And because this resolution is so one-sided, it doesn’t advance peace, it pushes it backwards.

As for the rights of the Jewish people in this land, I have a simple message for those people gathered in the General Assembly today: No decision by the UN can break the 4000-year-old bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel."

Updated:
PM's Office Response to Abu Mazen's UN General Assembly Speech

(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

In response to Abu Mazen's speech [to the UN General Assembly], the

Prime Minister's Office, this evening (Thursday, 29 November 2012),

issues the following statement:

 

"The world watched a defamatory and venomous speech that was full of

mendacious propaganda against the IDF and the citizens of Israel.

Someone who wants peace does not talk in such a manner."

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