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Netanyahu: Settlement issue can be solved in final-status talks

Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:37
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DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. September 22, 2016, 9:11 PM (IDT)

In his speech at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu said that the “biggest change in attitudes” toward Israel is taking place in the  Arab world. He described Egypt and Jordan as anchors of regional peace and stability and said other Arab countries recognize that “their common enemies are Iran and ISIS”, not Israel. He said Israel's relations with the world are “undergoing a revolution”, led by the US, its greatest friend. According to the prime minister, the issue of Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria must be solved through final-status negotiations, but ”the road to peace runs through Jerusalem and Ramallah, not New York”, vowing Israel won't accept any attempt by the UN to dictate terms. He said Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Abbas and other Palestinian leaders are “stuck in the past” and poisoning the minds of young Palestinians against peace but said Israel is ready to negotiate all final status issues and invited Abbas to speak at the Knesset. Later, Netanyahu said the world “must fight the forces of radical Islam,” citing the “bloody trail of fanaticism” running through all continents, and described the threat to Israel, the region and the world from Iran. He vowed “Israel will not allow the terrorist regime to develop nuclear weapons. Not now, not in a decade, not ever.”  He ended the speech by wishing a speedy recovery to the hospitalized former Israeli President  Shimon Peres and calling on the nations of the world to join hands with Israel, saying “the future belongs to countries that innovate, “and that's why the future belongs to countries like Israel”.  

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