Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Sunday, 20 November 2016), at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting, made the following remarks:
“As Prime Minister of Israel, I dedicate the best of my time to ensuring the security of Israel. The principle that guides me is clear – Israel will be able to defend itself by itself against any enemy, in any field. The security of Israel requires the acquisition of submarines and the renewal of the submarine fleet. These are strategic weapons systems that ensure the future, and I tell you, the very existence of the State of Israel for decades to come. Increasing the security and strength of the State of Israel is the only consideration that guided me in acquiring the submarines. This has been the only consideration that has ever guided me and there is nothing without it.
Yesterday was the 39th anniversary of President Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem. A peace agreement was achieved between Israel and Egypt through direct negotiations; this agreement has stood for almost 40 years, currently under the courageous leadership of Egyptian President al-Sisi. I note this because here one can see the contrast with what is occurring vis-à-vis the Palestinians. Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) refuses to come to direct negotiations without preconditions, is also continuing to incite his people regarding the idea of a right of return and erasing the State of Israel; and, to my regret, is not taking the right steps to start calming things and preparing public opinion for reconciliation with the State of Israel, which we see among certain Arab countries, the buds of a start here; and I hope this will change.”
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