Netanyahu: Arabs must accept Jewish State

“Last year was one of the safest years in two decades,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Israelis in a message for the Jewish New Year. “But last week’s brutal murder of four Israelis, including a mother of six and a pregnant woman, remind us that we must never take our security for granted.”

“We must continue a firm policy that makes clear that terror and missile attacks on our citizens will not be tolerated,” the Prime Minister stated.

“The past year has also seen a resurgence in the Israeli economy. Israel has weathered the financial crisis better than nearly any industrialized country.” The crisis is not over, however, he said.

 “The last few days have also seen a renewal of the process,” said Netanyahu. “I’ve been calling for direct talks with the Palestinians for a year and a half and I’m pleased that President Abbas joined me in those talks without preconditions. I believe that we should make every effort to reach an historic compromise for peace over the coming year.”

“Lasting peace must be anchored in security. And it must be anchored in the recognition of the Jewish State’s permanence in this region. Not merely as a fact but as something that our neighbors accept by right.”

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