Our challenge is to transform these common interests to create a productive partnership. One that would build a more secure, peaceful and prosperous Middle East. Together we can strengthen regional security. We can advance projects in water, agriculture, in transportation, in health, in energy, in so many fields. I believe the partnership between us can also help facilitate peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Many have long assumed that an Israeli-Palestinian peace can help facilitate a broader rapprochement between Israel and the Arab World...
...That’s why in any peace agreement, which will obviously necessitate a territorial compromise, I will always insist that Israel be able to defend itself by itself against any threat. (emphasis mine)
I can't find any statement in his speech to make me believe that he has given up on the "Two State Solution." I also don't like the fact that he referred to Mahmoud Abbas as "president."
I don't see what Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) is so sure is a change in policy.
Maybe her English isn't that good or she's just reading her own thoughts into her boss's speech. The Arutz 7 reporter should have asked her to quote the words on which she's basing this assumption. Sorry Charley, but I just don't see it. to Arutz Sheva, Hotovely said Netanyahu’s speech sent a loud and clear message that the so-called “two-state solution” is dead.
"The speech yesterday was the way to tell the world that the two-state solution had died. Netanyahu told the world that Abbas and Hamas are the same, they want to destroy Israel," she said.
Even my good friend Ruthie Blum and I don't agree about the value of Bibi's speech. I found her Israel Hayom article, Words Matter, too optimistic. I even dared to call her a "moderate" in our public facebook discussion.
For me, the unabashed purist/extremist I need to hear two very simple things from our Prime Minister. I want steps and conclusions from the observations he makes so very clearly in his foreign speeches:
- No more negotiations for a "Palestinian State" in land Israel liberated in the defensive war, June, 1967. On the eve of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, I admit that proposing such a state, giving our Land to our enemy was a great sin!
- Due to the fact that the so-called United Nations "Human Rights" Council and other UN bodies concentrate on condemning Israel, rather than true international problems, I don't see the point in Israel's continued membership in this body. United Nations membership has not done Israel any good. We are just supporting our enemies here, so I bid you farewell. Israel is withdrawing its membership.