Israel is a Jewish State

 At the Weekly Cabinet Meeting 20.04.09

Office of the Prime Minister, State of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:

“This evening, the State of Israel marks Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day.  Six million of our brethren were massacred during the Holocaust.  Sadly, not everyone learned the lesson.  While we gather to honor their memory, in Switzerland there will assemble a conference allegedly aimed against racism.  Its guest-of-honor is a racist Holocaust-denier who does not hide his intentions to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.  I commend the countries that are boycotting this show of hatred.  As opposed to those dark days, today a strong Jewish state stands to ensure the continued existence of the Jewish people in the face of this new anti-Semitism.
We do not forget the survivors.  In a joint proposal with my colleagues, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and Social Welfare and Social Services Minister Isaac Herzog, we have decided to allocate NIS 20 million from the basket of services intended for Holocaust survivors and NIS 10 million in additional funds from the Company for Restitution of Holocaust Victims Assets, NIS 30 million which we want to earmark to subsidize medicines for survivors.  I am glad that we have found a solution for this vital need of Holocaust survivors who live among us.  It is suitable that they should live out their lives in honor and in health.
In the final reckoning, the State of Israel is the answer and the key to ensuring the existence of the Jewish People, to ensuring its security as well as its welfare and the welfare of the survivors.
My Government will check the dangers to the security of the state even as we move forward in a responsible and realistic diplomatic process.”

2. Regarding reports in the media, Prime Minister Netanyahu said:

“We are currently formulating security-diplomatic policy.  This process will conclude ahead of my trip to Washington in four weeks.  In the framework of these deliberations, we will hold Cabinet and Government discussions.  I would like to set one thing straight in advance simply because it has been in the media incorrectly today.  We insist that the Palestinians – in any diplomatic settlement with us – will recognize the State of Israel as the national state of the Jewish people.  The entire international community demands that we recognize the principle of two states for two peoples and we are discovering that this is two states but not for two peoples but two states for one people, or two states for a people-and-a-half.  That is to say, there is no doubt that we are being asked to recognize the Palestinian state as the national state for the Palestinian  people but there is doubt and not just doubt, it is clear from the quick check that we carried out that the Palestinians have no intention of recognizing the national state of the Jewish People.  Of course, this is completely unacceptable.  I will not now respond to the question of what will be the nature of the settlement, what will be its components and what authority the Palestinians will have.  We reiterate that we have no intention of ruling over the Palestinians.  We want for them to rule themselves, except for those powers that could threaten our security and our existence.  But there is no doubt that we insist that they recognize the State of Israel as the national state of the Jewish People. We have never conditioned the start and existence of talks on advance agreement about this but neither can we see progress on a future settlement without their agreement to this condition.  Therefore, not only have we not backtracked from it, we stand behind it strongly and I think that in this regard, we reflect a very broad consensus, not only around this table but among the entire nation, a great part of the nation, and rightly so.”

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