Netanyahu: How can you make peace with someone who rejects your very existence?

Netanyahu gives press conference following Kerry’s call for a two-state solution with Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu:

Before why I explain why this speech was so disappointing to millions of Israelis, I want to say that Israel is deeply grateful to the United States of America, to successive American administrations, to the American Congress, to the American people. We’re grateful for the support Israel has received over many, many decades. Our alliance is based on shared values, shared interests, a sense of shared destiny and a partnership that has endured differences of opinions between our two governments over the best way to advance peace and stability in the Middle East. I have no doubt that our alliance will endure the profound disagreement we have had with the Obama Administration and will become even stronger in the future.

But now I must express my deep disappointment with the speech today of John Kerry – a speech that was almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the UN last week. In a speech ostensibly about peace between Israelis and Palestinians, Secretary Kerry paid lip service to the unremitting campaign of terrorism that has been waged by the Palestinians against the Jewish state for nearly a century.

What he did was to spend most of his speech blaming Israel for the lack of peace by passionately condemning a policy of enabling Jews to live in their historic homeland and in their eternal capital, Jerusalem.

Hundreds of suicide bombings, thousand, tens of thousands of rockets, millions of Israelis in bomb shelters are not throwaway lines in a speech; they’re the realities that the people of Israel had to endure because of mistaken policies, policies that at the time won the thunderous applause of the world. I don’t seek applause; I seek the security, and peace, and prosperity and the future of the Jewish state. The Jewish people have sought their place under the sun for 3,000 years, and we’re not about to be swayed by mistaken policies that have caused great, great damage.

Israelis do not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by foreign leaders. Israel’s hand has been extended in peace to its neighbors from day one, from its very first day. We’ve prayed for peace, we’ve worked for it every day since then. And thousands of Israeli families have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country and advance peace.

My family has been one of them; there are many, many others.

No one wants peace more than the people of Israel. Israel remains committed to resolving the outstanding differences between us and the Palestinians through direct negotiations. This is how we made peace with Egypt; this is how we made peace with Jordan; it’s the only way we’ll make peace with the Palestinians. That has always been Israel’s policy; that has always been America’s policy.

Here’s what President Obama himself said at the UN in 2011. He said: ‘Peace is hard work. Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the United Nations. If it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now.’

That’s what President Obama said, and he was right. And until last week this was repeated over and over again as American policy. Secretary Kerry said that the United States cannot vote against its own policy. But that’s exactly what it did at the UN, and that’s why Israel opposed last week’s Security Council resolution, because it effectively calls the Western Wall ‘occupied Palestinian Territory,’ because it encourages boycotts and sanctions against Israel – that’s what it effectively does, and because it reflects a radical shift in US policy towards the Palestinians on final status issues – those issues that we always agreed, the US and Israel, have to be negotiated directly, face to face without preconditions.

That shift happened despite the Palestinians walking away from peace and from peace offers time and time again, despite their refusal to even negotiate peace for the past eight years, and despite the Palestinian Authority inculcating a culture of hatred towards Israel in an entire generation of young Palestinians.

Israel looks forward to working with President-elect Trump and with the American Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, to mitigate the damage that this resolution has done and ultimately, to repeal it.

Israel hopes that the outgoing Obama Administration will prevent any more damage being done to Israel at the UN in its waning days. I wish I could be comforted by the promise that the US says we will not bring any more resolutions to the UN. That’s what they said about the previous resolution. We have it on absolutely incontestable evidence that the United States organized, advanced and brought this resolution to the United Nations Security Council. We’ll share that information with the incoming administration. Some of it is sensitive, it’s all true. You saw some of it in the protocol released in an Egyptian paper. There’s plenty more; it’s the tip of the iceberg.

So they say, but we didn’t bring it. And they could take John Kerry’s speech with the six points. It could be raised in the French international conference a few days from now and then brought to the UN. So France will bring it, or Sweden – not a noted friend of Israel – could bring it. And the United States could say, well, we can’t vote against our own policy, we’ve just annunciated it.

I think the United States, if it’s true to its word, or at least if it’s now true to its word, should now come out and say we will not allow any resolutions, any more resolutions in the Security Council on Israel. Period. Not we will bring or not bring – we will not allow any, and stop this game, the charades.

I think that the decisions that are vital to Israel’s interests and the future of its children, they won’t be made through speeches in Washington or votes in the United Nations or conferences in Paris. They’ll be made by the Government of Israel around the negotiating table, making them on behalf of the one and only Jewish state – a sovereign nation that is the master of its own fate.

And one final thought – I personally know the pain, the loss and the suffering of war. That’s why I’m so committed to peace. Because for anyone who’s experienced it, as I have, war and terror are horrible. I want young Palestinian children to be educated like our children, for peace. But they’re not educated for peace. The Palestinian Authority educates them to lionize terrorists and to murder Israelis.

My vision is that Israelis and Palestinians both have a future of mutual recognition, of dignity, mutual respect, co-existence. But the Palestinian Authority tells them that they will never accept, should never accept the existence of a Jewish state.

So, I ask you, how can you make peace with someone who rejects your very existence?

See, this conflict is not about houses, or communities in the West Bank, Judea and Samaria, the Gaza district or anywhere else. This conflict is and has always been about Israel’s very right to exist. That’s why my hundreds of calls to sit with President Abbas for peace talks have gone unanswered. That’s why my invitation to him to come to the Knesset was never answered. That’s why the Palestinian government continues to pay anyone who murders Israelis a monthly salary.

The persistent Palestinian refusal to recognize a Jewish state remains the core of the conflict and its removal is the key to peace.

Palestinian rejection of Israel and support for terror are what the nations of the world should focus on if they truly want to advance peace, and I can only express my regret and say that it’s a shame that Secretary Kerry does not see this simple truth.

Kerry: The two-state solution is now in serious jeopardy

Kerry cites two-state solution “in serious jeopardy” as reason for US abstaining in UNSC vote; Claims Israel will return “occupied” land; PM Netanyahu addresses press following Kerry address


United States Secretary of State John Kerry gave an address on Wednesday claiming that the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians is in danger and citing this as the reason for the United States decision to abstain on the anti-settlement resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council last Friday.

Kerry claimed that “Despite our best efforts over the years, the two-state solution is now in serious jeopardy. We cannot, in good conscience, do nothing, and say nothing, when we see the hope of peace slipping away.” He declared that the Obama Administration has done the most for the State of Israel of any administration in US history, stating “This administration has been Israel’s greatest friend and supporter. No American administration has done more for Israel’s security than Barack Obama’s.”

He stated that “Israel will return land it has occupied since 1967. The borders must be secure and Palestine must be viable and contiguous,” despite Israel’s clear stance that it will not adhere to Resolution 2234.

Kerry equated Palestinian terrorism, violence and incitement to settlement growth, claiming them all as the reasons for a lack of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. He stated “The truth is that trends on the ground – violence, terrorism, incitement, settlement expansion and the seemingly endless occupation – are destroying hopes for peace on both sides and increasingly cementing an irreversible one-state reality that most people do not actually want.”

Report: Kerry met with Palestinian officials to orchestrate UN anti-settlement resolution in December

Additional proof the Obama Administration orchestrated UN resolution released by Egypt; Transcripts of meeting between Kerry, Rice and Palestinian leadership; France claims no agenda in passing additional UN Security Council Resolution

Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Jordan Wednesday (AFP)

United States Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to lay out a framework for the peace process during a speech on Wednesday as the Obama Administration continues its efforts for pushing its agenda, while it can, ahead of a Trump administration.

Kerry will deliver his address from the State Department ahead of the Paris peace conference to be held mid-January. This is intentional as he is expected to gain international endorsement before the conference where foreign ministers will convene to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel has been clear that it will not support nor attend the conference and that the State of Israel will only enter direct negotiations with the Palestinians with no preconditions.

France claims there is no intention of passing a new Security Council resolution following the conference.

Kerry’s speech is part of a known plot by the Obama Administration to increase international pressure as well as legal obligation in resuming the peace process. On Monday, Israeli Ambassador to Israel Ron Dermer confirmed that there is clear evidence that Obama orchestrated the United Nations Security Council vote on an anti-settlement resolution (2234).

Dermer confirmed to CNN in an interview that “We have evidence for that. We will present that evidence to the new administration in the appropriate channels, and then they can decide whether they want to release it to the public. Obama gave the Palestinians exactly what they wanted: He gave them the ammunition for a political, diplomatic and legal war against Israel, by not vetoing.”

Further proof arose of Obama’s efforts when a transcript of a meeting between Kerry and US Security Advisor Susan Rice with Palestinian leadership surfaced in Egyptian media on Tuesday. During the meeting that took place mid-December in Washington, both Rice and Kerry discussed the UN resolution with the Palestinian officials and were vocal of supporting an anti-settlement resolution given the Palestinians support the United States’ proposed framework.

On Wednesday, head Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, who was part of the Kerry-Rice meeting in December, welcomed Kerry’s scheduled speech stating that Kerry will deliver a comprehensive plan to implement Resolution 2234. Erekat additionally claimed that the reports of his meeting with Kerry are “half truths” and that “They were leaked to serve Netanyahu and Lieberman’s wars against the international community who championed international law and considered all of Israel’s, the occupying power, dictates and settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, including in East Jerusalem, illegal and a gross violation of international law.”

A spokesman for Prime Minister Netanyahu responded to these reports, confirming additional proof that Obama orchestrated the betrayal in the Security Council, stating “We have ironclad information that emanates from sources in the Arab world and that shows the Obama administration helped craft this resolution and pushed hard for its eventual passage.”

You can watch Amir’s Prophecy Updates on Obama’s revenge on the State of Israel. In “Phase two of Obama’s revenge is coming soon!”, Amir addresses the Paris peace conference and Obama Administration efforts, past and present.