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December 9, 2012 11:49 am

Netanyahu Says Israel Will Withstand “International Pressure”

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

At his weekly cabinet meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had strong words for the international community, saying, “We are not prepared to repeat the same mistake of a unilateral withdrawal and withdrawals that, in effect, led Hamas to take control of Gaza.” Israel “will […] withstand the international pressure,” he pledged, also placing blame for Israel’s current situation on international pressure “were it not for which, we would not have reached this point.”

“I have always been astonished at the delusions of others who are prepared to continue this process and call it peace. You would hand over more territory, in this case in Judea and Samaria that controls Israel’s cities, to the same people and the result, of course, will be a Gaza on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, Hadera and Kfar Saba,” he said.

“Today, this is what is required from leadership in Israel – to have no illusions, to stand up for the vital interests of the State of Israel and to rebuff the pressure to bring Gaza into every home in Israel.”

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Netanyahu was responding to Hamas terror chief Khaled Meshal’s statement Saturday that “Palestine from the river to the sea, from the north to the south, is our land and we will never give up one inch or any part of it.”

Meshal also reiterated Hamas’s policy of terror. “Jihad and armed resistance are the right and real way to liberate Palestine and restore our rights.”

Meshal was in Gaza for the first time over the weekend to celebrate Hamas’s 25th anniversary and its recent claimed military “victory” over Israel.

Netanyahu said of Meshal’s statement that Hamas “have no intention of compromising with us; they want to destroy the state. They will fail, of course; in the annals of the history of our people, we – the Jewish People – have overcome such enemies.”

“We want a true peace with our neighbors. But we will not close our eyes and stick our heads in the sand,” he said.

Netanyahu also had harsh words for PA President Mahmoud Abbas saying, “it is interesting that Abu Mazen has issued no condemnation, not of the remarks about the destruction of Israel, just as previously he did not condemn the missiles that were fired at Israel. To my regret, he strives for unity with the same Hamas that is supported by Iran.”

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  • Tabitha Korol

    There are always some, like Chaim F, who would condemn Israel and her leaders no matter what, but I think Netanyahu is doing a better job than any of the other leaders we see around today.
    Dacon9, there is nothing wrong with wanting true peace, and there is nothing wrong with fighting for it…to the point of obtaining “unconditional surrender,” as America did after the end of WW II. We only have to realize how one obtains true peace, and it is not to bow our heads and give up…that much Bibi also realizes.

  • Susan Gioia Smith

    Praise God for Prime Minister Netanyahu! I believe he is now listening to the voice of God, instead of the world community. God delineated the borders He gave the Israelites and no peace can come until God’s borders have been re-established.

    • clint

      I trully concur!

  • elliot j. stamler

    I completely agree with PM Netanyahu. He knows what all of us whose heads are screwed on right that there is not going to be any peace in the Holy Land in the forseeable future because Meshal openly declared what the large majority of ALL Arabs feel. Nothing has changed for 90% of them since 1948 and I see no prospect there will be a change. You are dealing with barbarous anti-semites and religious fanatics. Sure there are some moderate and sensible Arabs-there were also some moderate halfway reasonable Germans in the Hitler regime–we know how far they got.

  • There is only one realistic choice. To kill the Muslims before they attempt to emulate the sociopathology of Muhammad at Quaraza which is the only goal Muslims have in life. The Charters of HAMAS, HEZZBOLAH and the PLO ( FATAH) make that clear. They will never recoginize the existence of Israel, and they will never recognize the existence of Jews.

  • Chaim F

    Bibi also handed over land for peace (Hebron). He would lke to blame the international community for the pressure it “presses” to Israel but Israel invites this pressure so such an extent that there is no greater accessory to terror than past Israeli governments. And Bibi himself, who claims to resist pressure folded like a napkin in November when he should have destroyed Hamas (via the air, like the US did in Bagdad and only afterward with foot soldiers to mop up the remnants of the rodents).

  • “We want a true peace with our neighbors

    WHY?

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