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January 4, 2013 11:09 am

Netanyahu to Ambassadors: Palestinians Must Declare Conflict Over for Peace Accord

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu delivers condolences to the American people. Photo: Screenshot.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, lecturing to Israeli ambassadors about regional concerns at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, said Palestinian claims of a “right of return” spell the end of Israel and prevent a peace agreement from being reached.

“Hamas could take over the Palestinian Authority any day, which is why we need solidified defense agreements and a diplomatic accord that ensures the recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people, and a [Palestinian] declaration of the end of the conflict,” Netanyahu said Jan. 3.

Meanwhile, a New Wave Research poll conducted for Israel Hayom said the majority of the Israeli public supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with 53.5 percent in favor of the idea and 38 percent against it. However, when asked what the chances are that such a solution will, in actuality, come to pass, the results flipped: 40.6 percent think that a two-state solution is feasible, while 54.3 percent feel it is not possible.

Netanyahu also stated that Iran remains Israel’s “number one threat.”

“I drew a red line, and Iran has yet to cross it,” he said. “It is our ongoing duty to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons.” The prime minister believes that in the short term, the Middle East “will continue to be shaken up, though in the long run I believe there is a chance for change if Iran is prevented from having military nuclear capability.”

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