February Project: Jewish Communities under attack
Israel’s right to exist
Israel was severely attacked by the United Nation’s Resolution 2334 on December 23. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders responded, defending the state. “We will continue to defend our state and we will develop the country,” said PM Netanyahu on December 26.
As a response to the US Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech, Netanyahu stated, “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 are not about to be swayed by mistaken policies that have caused great, great damage. Israel’s hand has been extended in peace to its neighbors from day one, from its very first day. We have prayed for peace, we have 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.
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. The Palestinian refusal to recognize a Jewish state remains the core of the conflict and its removal is the key to peace.”(Excerpts from PM Netanyahu’s speeches.)