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Prime Minister Netanyahu Meets with United States Secretary of State Kerry

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met this morning (Thursday, 22 Oct. 2015) in Berlin, with United States Secretary of State John Kerry.

The following are Prime Minister Netanyahu’s remarks:

“I want to thank you and the United States for condemning the terrorist attacks against Israel, for standing up for Israel’s right of self-defense, and also for standing up for Israel in UNESCO. All of that is deeply appreciated.

Yesterday was a tough day. We had four terrorist attacks. This morning began with an attack in which two terrorists tried to murder a bus full of school children. There’s no question that this wave of attacks is driven directly by incitement. Incitement from Hamas. Incitement from the Islamist movement in Israel and incitement, I’m sorry to say, from President Abbas and the Palestinian Authority.

I think it’s time for the international community to say clearly to President Abbas: Stop spreading lies about Israel. Lies that Israel wants to change the status quo on the temple mount, lies that Israel wants to tear down the al-Aqsa Mosque and lies that Israel is executing Palestinians. All that is false. We remain committed to the status quo. We’re the ones that protect all the holy sites. And Israel is acting to protect its citizens as any democracy would in the face of such wanton and relentless attacks.

To generate hope, we have to stop the terrorism. To stop the terrorism, we have to stop the incitement. And I think it’s time that the international community told President Abbas to stop the incitement and hold him accountable for his words and his deeds.”

PM Netanyahu Meets with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

 PM Netanyahu Meets with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Thursday, 22 October 2015), met with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and said at the start of their meeting:

 “I always welcome the opportunity to have discussions with Foreign Minister Steinmeier. He’s an experienced and very seasoned diplomat and political leader who understands our region. He reflects the basic friendship of Germany to Israel, its commitment to our security and our commitment to our quest for establishing security and peace in our region – a big task these days in the entire region and in our own area as well.

I look forward to having discussions with you how we can achieve at least the goal of reestablishing security in the face of these terrorist attacks, which occur every day, and also against the incitement that directly drives these attacks that is based on a false, on a complete distortion of our policy. We do not, we will not change the status quo on the Temple Mount. We do not and will not harm the al-Aqsa Mosque or any of the holy sites.

In fact, we’re the guardians of the holy sites and when you look around at the Middle East with the militant Shiites and militant Sunnis blowing up each other’s mosques and world heritage sites, let alone churches and synagogues, we’re the only ones that guarantee the integrity of the holy sites and the freedom of worship and access to all.

This was and will remain our policy, and I think as part of the effort to defuse the situation it’s important to have these basic truths put forward and reaffirmed by the international community, and also to press on the inciters, which include Hamas, the Islamic Movement in Israel and regrettably also the Palestinian Authority, to stop spreading lies about Israel. I don’t know about the Hamas. I don’t think they’re subject to immediate pressures, but I do know that the Palestinian Authority should be told squarely to stop the campaign of incitement. That will help a lot to stop the current wave of terrorism and give us an opportunity to explore other things.”

Photos & Video: GPO

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