A Time for Caution in the Middle East

(Prime Minister's Office) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - Prime Minister Netanyahu told the Knesset Wednesday: "The Middle East is no place for the naive....Last February, when millions of Egyptian citizens were pouring into the streets of Cairo, commentators... explained to me that we were on the verge of a new era of liberalism and progress that will wash away the old order. I said that we hope that will happen, but despite all our hopes, the chances are that an Islamist wave will wash over the Arab countries, an anti-West, anti-liberal, anti-Israel and ultimately an anti-democratic wave....They are not moving forward towards progress, they are going backwards." "The earth is shaking. We do not know who will take over any land that we give up." "I will not ignore the present or give up on any of our security requirements that have increased because of the recent crises and not diminished." "It is the time to be cautious in our connections with the Palestinians." "We want to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians that will withstand the test of time and will not buckle as soon as it is signed." "Iran is developing nuclear weapons....It is imperative that sanctions be imposed on this regime, severe sanctions, even more severe than the sanctions imposed over the last few days." "We have made it clear to the Palestinians that we will not sit idly by if they move ahead with their plans to bypass peace negotiations with unilateral steps. I hope...that we find a way to resume negotiations."

2011-11-25 00:00:00

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