Published on Dec 11, 2017 by the TV7 Israel News YouTube channel –
1) Israel faced large scale riots, rockets fire from Gaza and a stabbing attack in Jerusalem over the weekend, in what the Palestinians declared “a weekend of rage” in response to US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
2) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared, ahead of an official trip to Paris and Brussels, that while he ascribes great importance to Europe, he is not willing to accept a double standard on its part.
3) The Arab League’s Foreign Ministers fiercely condemned President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem and called upon the United States to retract the announcement.
Netanyahu’s statements in France:
“Paris is the capital of France. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
“It’s been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years. It’s been the capital of the Jewish state for 70 years.
“We respect your history, your choices, and we know that, as friends, you’ll respect ours.
“I think this is also essential for peace. I think what peace requires is to be built on a foundation of truth and on the facts of the past and of the present. This is the only way that we can a realistic and successful future.
“Where else is the Capital of Israel but in Jerusalem? Where is our Knesset and Parliament? Where is our Supreme Court? The seat of our government? The Prime Minister’s office? The President’s office? It’s not in Be’ersheva. It’s not in Ashdod. These are wonderful cities. It’s in Jerusalem. It’s always been our capital. And Jerusalem’s never been the capital of any other people. I think the sooner the Palestinians come to grips with this reality, the sooner we’ll move towards peace.
“And this is why I think President Trump’s announcement was so historic and so important for peace.
“On the quest for peace, there is a serious effort underway now by the United States. And all I can say, as I said to President Macron, I think, if you’ll pardon the expression, WE SHOULD GIVE PEACE A CHANCE.”
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