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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
PM Netanyahu: The root of the conflict is existence of Israel - not the settlements

The root of the conflict is not the settlements; it is the very existence of
the State of Israel and the desire to wipe it off the face of the earth.

PM Netanyahu Attends Meeting of the National Public Diplomacy Forum to
Summarize Operation Pillar of Defense
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening (Tuesday, 4 December 2012),
at his Jerusalem office, attended the meeting of the National Public
Diplomacy Forum to summarize Operation Pillar of Defense
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/About+the+Ministry/Behind+the+Headlines/BTH_Ceasefire_Pillar_of_Defense_21-Nov-2012.htm
Participating in the meeting the head of the National Information
Directorate in the Prime Minister's Office and senior public diplomacy
officials from the Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry, the IDF, the Israel
Police, the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry and other bodies.

At the start of his remarks, Prime Minister Netanyahu said:

"This forum and its coordinated work of which during Operation Pillar of
Defense are an important component in our national resilience. I think that
this operation proved the importance of public diplomacy.

What was the war about? The war was about our very existence. We left areas
that we captured in the Six Day War, like the Gaza Strip, and they fire
missiles at us.

Therefore, our top public diplomacy mission is to explain that the root of
this conflict is not territorial. It is over our very existence in any
borders whatsoever.

From 1967 until today, for 45 years, day in, day out, and hour by hour, they
have been preaching the complete opposite. So certainly the lie has taken
root, and there is no way to fight a lie except with the truth. We must tell
the truth; it is the only thing that we can do and we must certainly do so.

We must constantly repeat that the root of the conflict is the very
existence of the State of Israel, the refusal to recognize the State of
Israel in any borders whatsoever.

The second thing is their methods, mainly their desire to intentionally
attack civilians.

There is a link between the first and second points. Whoever uses such
methods is beyond the pale internationally, morally and legally. He does not
want peace.

The root of the conflict is not the settlements; it is the very existence of
the State of Israel and the desire to wipe it off the face of the earth.

We can anticipate many developments and changes in this evolving Middle East
that we face, and some of them are very, very disturbing."

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