Netanyahu: “We’re ready to start negotiations now, without preconditions”

posted at 1:21 pm on June 20, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

JERUSALEM – Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the final plenary session of the Presidential Conference, Tomorrow 2013, initially to heckling from a few attendees. Netanyahu smiled and addressed President Shimon Peres: “Shimon, you can see an exemplary democracy!” The catcalls stopped when it became apparent that Netanyahu would pay no further attention to interruptions.

Netanyahu, speaking in Hebrew, hit on familiar themes of strength, saying at one point that he will not risk the security of the people of Israel. “Therefore, when we talk about tomorrow,” Netanyahu said, “we mean peace, prosperity, and [a strong Israel].” Netanyahu then switched to English to be more specific. “There is a struggle between medievalism and modernity,” he said, “and it’s not certain who will win” in the region.

“Israel must remain strong,” he continued, saying that the biggest threat is that the worst weapons fall into the hands of the worst regimes. Netanyahu then spent time speaking directly on Iran and its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Tehran, Netanyahu said, was using a “talk and enrich” strategy to eventually gain nukes. The critical test is “not what they say, but what they do.” Netanyahu demanded that Iran stop their enrichment, surrender their fissile material, and shut down the reactors. “Keep up the pressure!” Netanyahu advised the West.

On prosperity, Netanyahu declared that Israel was no longer a developing nation, but now a member of the ranks of developed nations. He called for more pro-growth policies, stating that Israel needed to sustain a 4-5% growth rate in order to compete in the global markets.  He also spoke of opening new markets in China for Israel, especially in the tech industries. The leaders of Poland and Colombia were, along with China, interested in three things — “Israeli technology, Israeli technology, Israeli technology.

That brought up the newest technology in Israel — natural gas.  “It turns out that Moses wasn’t such a bad navigator after all!” Netanyahu joked, and pledged that Israel will become an exporter of natural gas.  “We will not make the mistake of other nations,” Netanyahu said, who tried to keep their oil and gas reserves for domestic consumption and never developed their resources fully as a result.

The third goal on Netanyahu’s agenda was settling the conflict with the Palestinians.  “I want to achieve peace,” Netanyahu declared.  “We’re ready to start negotiations now, without preconditions,” he continued, “and I hope the Palestinian leadership will be too.”  But why have six Prime Ministers been unable to achieve peace since Oslo?  The conflict predates the 1967 war by “almost half a century,” and was the attempt to snuff out a Jewish state before it could get created.  Palestinian society consists of two halves, Netanyahu said — the first half wants to wipe out the Jewish state, and the other half refuses to stand up to the first half.

The heart of the matter, Netanyahu declared, was the willingness of Israel’s neighbors to accept the reality of the Jewish state.  “That’s the tomorrow I wish for, that Shimon Peres hopes for, that everyone here hopes for.”  He finished by saying that he hopes that Israel’s neighbors pray for peace as well.

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Ben Hur on June 20, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Could we make a deal with Israel and trade leaders with them? We could really use Bibi here…

Steve Z on June 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

No Israelis technology no Israelis technology no Israelis technology.

The three most important goals of paleoswinians.

hawkeye54 on June 20, 2013 at 1:37 PM

The heart of the matter, Netanyahu declared, was the willingness of Israel’s neighbors to accept the reality of the Jewish state.

Not in a million years! Get used to it and take command of your own future.

OldEnglish on June 20, 2013 at 1:37 PM

The heart of the matter, Netanyahu declared, was the willingness of Israel’s neighbors to accept the reality of the Jewish state.

Expend a few nukes Bibi, it’s a better investment than waiting for the never-to-be Islamic Reformation.

nobar on June 20, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Man we could use a guy like that around here couldn’t we?

DanMan on June 20, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Ben, there is only one TRUE King of Israel, and it isn’t Bibi.

leftnomore on June 20, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Ben, there is only one TRUE King of Israel, and it isn’t Bibi.

leftnomore on June 20, 2013 at 1:45 PM

May he return soon.

nobar on June 20, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Unfortunately…..Israel is deeply Socialist.

Great on foreign affairs, not so much otherwise.

PappyD61 on June 20, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Ben, there is only one TRUE King of Israel, and it isn’t Bibi.

leftnomore on June 20, 2013 at 1:45 PM

May he return soon.

nobar on June 20, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Amen. Looking very likely with events as they are occurring.

hawkeye54 on June 20, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Ben Hur on June 20, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Bibi, destroyer of Israel.

leftnomore on June 20, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Video commentary

Shy Guy on June 20, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Unfortunately…..Israel is deeply Socialist.

Great on foreign affairs, not so much otherwise.

PappyD61 on June 20, 2013 at 1:54 PM

And so are we, Pappy, so are we. Except we are not great on foreign affairs.

NOMOBO on June 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Man we could use a guy like that around here couldn’t we?

DanMan on June 20, 2013 at 1:43 PM

I was never in Israel. Someone told me it was a surprisingly sophisticated place with great people living in a terror ridden police state.

IlikedAUH2O on June 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Could we make a deal with Israel and trade leaders with them? We could really use Bibi here…- Steve Z on June 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

I agree. When an Israeli says he want peace, he wants peace. When an Islamist says he wants peace, he means he just wants time out.

SC.Charlie on June 20, 2013 at 2:23 PM

I was never in Israel. Someone told me it was a surprisingly sophisticated place with great people living in a terror ridden police state. – IlikedAUH2O on June 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Fool. They are surrounded on all sides by enemies who want to destroy them. That is where from where the terror is coming. By the way, there are some Jewish sects who will not serve in the Israeli Defense Forces. They are not harassed by the government and most just leave them alone.

SC.Charlie on June 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM

He is right when he says there is “There is a struggle between medievalism and modernity,” but not just in the middle east. The world is filled with people whose only source of power over other people is feudalism and the terror of the sword. This is nowhere more apparent then The United States. Virtually all the entertainment, movies, games, books are about medieval fighting with sword, magic, and women in leather vests. Our children are being trained out of modern civilization and enticed to worship methods of force, in spite of the fact that our children are too dumb to be the “forcers”, but it will be easier to make them the serfs.

Old Country Boy on June 20, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Pappy- you have a conservative outlook but consistently make up a reality that is simply not true.

I have been to Israel 7 times since 1989. It is more of a free economy and society than the United States is now.

Wikipedia
Gross National Income per capita: Israel (27,170$)

Israel ranks 26th in Global Competitiveness Report by World Economic Forum, and 17th among 187 world nations on the UN’s Human Development Index, which places it in the category of “Very Highly Developed”. Israel’s economy also ranks 17th among the world’s most economically developed nations, according to IMD’s World Competitiveness Yearbook rankings.

The Israeli economy was ranked as the world’s most durable economy in the face of crises, and was also ranked first in the rate research and development center investments.[124] The Bank of Israel was ranked first among central banks for its efficient functioning, up from the 8th place in 2009. Israel was ranked first also in its supply of skilled manpower.[124]

Israeli companies, particularly in the high-tech area, have enjoyed considerable success raising money on Wall Street and other world financial markets: as of 2010[update] Israel ranked second among foreign countries in the number of its companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges.[125]

Having moved away from the socialist economic model since the mid-1980s and early 1990s, Israel has made dramatic moves toward the free-market paradigm.

As of 2012[update], Israel’s economic freedom score is 67.8, making its economy the 48th freest in the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom. Israel’s economic competitiveness is helped by strong protection of property rights, relatively low corruption levels, and high openness to global trade and investment. Income and corporate tax rates remain relatively high.[126] As of 2011[update], Israel ranks 36th out of 182 countries in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. Bribery and other forms of corruption are illegal in Israel, which is a signatory to the OECD Bribery Convention since 2008.[126]

AirForceCane on June 20, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Palestinian society consists of two halves, Netanyahu said — the first half wants to wipe out the Jewish state, and the other half refuses to stand up to the first half.

No. There is no second half with good, yet muted, intentions. “They” ALL want to wipe out Israel as well as us. It’s their religion.

Also, there is no such thing as a frppin “Palestinian.” Every time we use that term we are handing our enemies a propaganda victory.

Most Jewish Israelis use the term “Arab.” This is also wrong. The accurate term is Muslims.

WhatSlushfund on June 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Also, there is no such thing as a frppin “Palestinian.” Every time we use that term we are handing our enemies a propaganda victory.

Most Jewish Israelis use the term “Arab.” This is also wrong. The accurate term is Muslims.

WhatSlushfund on June 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

True. I would substitute Ishmalian for Muslim. It’s important to know whose spawn they are.

platypus on June 20, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Bibi Rocks!

workingclass artist on June 20, 2013 at 4:47 PM

There’s always misinformation in threads on Israel. Thank you AirForceCane (June 20, 2013 at 2:33 PM) and our friends here at Hotair for clarifying points time and again.

Here’s a short 2 min video on Israel, and our so called ‘socialism’..

Israel: Defying all odds

saus on June 20, 2013 at 5:14 PM

How fast will organized islam get it’s act together and show the world that it has no intention of negotiating anything with Israel?

Local moslems have no say in the matter regardless of their individual druthers. The official response will come from the most rabid islamic mouthpieces, and you know where they are.

How will the message be delivered?

dockywocky on June 20, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Also, there is no such thing as a frppin “Palestinian.” Every time we use that term we are handing our enemies a propaganda victory.

Most Jewish Israelis use the term “Arab.” This is also wrong. The accurate term is Muslims.

WhatSlushfund on June 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

True. I would substitute Ishmalian for Muslim. It’s important to know whose spawn they are.

platypus on June 20, 2013 at 3:11 PM

I think Mohammedan says it all. They’re all followers of Mohammed. Every flaw he had they hold sacred. Mohammed’s culture is their ideal culture. The whole religion is stuck in the 7th century.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 20, 2013 at 6:22 PM

I think Mohammedan says it all. They’re all followers of Mohammed. Every flaw he had they hold sacred. Mohammed’s culture is their ideal culture. The whole religion is stuck in the 7th century.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 20, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Mohammedian is the most insulting way to enumerate them, without resorting to outright epithets.

tom daschle concerned on June 20, 2013 at 9:11 PM