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October 7, 2013 8:40 am

Netanyahu at Bar-Ilan: Peace Dependent on Arabs Recognizing Israel’s Right to Exist

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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at Bar-Ilan University. Photo: GPO.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at Bar-Ilan University. Photo: GPO.

JNS.org Four years after a historic speech at Bar-Ilan University during which he first backed a two-state solution, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to the venue Sunday and said peace will only be possible when the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

The “root” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is “the profound objection by the hard core of Palestinians to the right of the Jewish people to its own country in the Land of Israel,” Netanyahu said at the 20th anniversary international conference of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.

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  • Toronto Zionist

    Netanyahu is at it again. He again denies peace. This is again his declaration that he seeks no peace, no comfortable secure future for Israelis or Palestinians. He needs to demand recognition of Israel as a sovereign nation as part of peace nogotiations. Israel exists. Israel exists as a Jewish nation. It is not up to Palestinains or any other group to declare the Jewish homeland situation; it is Israel’s to declare. UK does not ask other coutnries to recognize that UK is the homeland for English people; that is an internal UK matter. Similar for Russia, France and other countries. The only reason Netanyahu persists with this is that he knows that it is internal to Israel; it is just his way to say, yet again, to peace that “yes means no”. When will Israel get a leader who will care for the future of Israelis enough to seek a respectable peace?

    • Rob

      The need for the Palistinians to recognize Israel is not for Isrealies and Jews it is for security. Recognition of Isreal and negotiated borders is to put an end to land disputes between these two peoples. If recognition is not given then the conflict will flare up again in the future. Palastinian policy has been to get what you can now normalize it and go for more, this cicle needs to end. For real pease both sides must make painful compermises, so far only Isreal is making compermise with land. This policy hasnt worked very well for Isreal. Gaza became a more volitile since Isreal withdrew, Egypt has worked for a few decades but with a change of leadership the land for peace deal almost unraveled leaving Egypt with land and Isreal more vonerable. Isreal can win a thousand wars but can only loose one. When we see how the Arabs treat there own one can only imagine how Isrealies would be treated, the world will only respond when we are all dead.

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