Netanyahu says in spite of “voices urging concessions,” he will avoid allowing a “third Iranian terror base” by putting security first.
In apparent criticism of President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu culled from this Shabbat’s Torah portion to explain Tuesday why it would be foolish to run headlong into a peace agreement with the Palestinians that would entail deep concessions.
Netanyahu, in comments made before hosting at his Jerusalem residence his third Bible study session since May, quoted from the first chapter of Exodus: “A new king arose over Egypt who did not know of Joseph.”
“That is true today as it was then,” he said.
“The regime has changed in Egypt, in Syria the government is shaking, and that can happen as well in the Palestinian Authority territories in Judea and Samaria.”
Netanyahu said that every sensible person understands that Hamas could take control of the Palestinian Authority, as it did in Gaza. “Therefore, contrary to the voices I hear in recent days encouraging me to run ahead, make concessions, withdraw, I think the diplomatic process needs to be managed in a responsible, not hysterical, manner, and with wisdom, not hastily. Otherwise a third Iranian terror base [in addition to Gaza and southern Lebanon] will be established in the heart of the country. Peace can only be achieved when security is guaranteed.”