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Netanyahu Addressing Congress


It’s a powerful speech and he’s getting a very enthusiastic reception. He asked that Americans send “an unequivocal message: America will never permit Iran to develop nuclear weapons.” A few additional excerpts (from my notes):

 When we say never again, we mean never again.  Israel always deserves the right to defend itself. …

 If the benefits of peace are so clear, why has peace alluded us? Why has peace not been achieved? Because so far, the Palestinians have been unwilling to accept a Palestinian state if it meant accepting a Jewish state alongside it.

Our conflict … has always been about the existence of a Jewish state. That is what this conflict is about. …

President Abbas must do what I have done .. .I stood before my people and said I will accept a Palestinian state.

 It’s time for President Abbas to stand before his people and say I will accept a Jewish state. Those six words will change history. They will make it clear to the Palestinians that this conflict must come to an end. …

 They are not building a Palestinian state to continue the conflict with Israel but to end it. …

Israel will not return to the indefensible boundaries of 1967.



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