Netanyahu: Defending the Settlers

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has voiced support for one of the most viciously maligned populations in the world – the Jews who live in Judea and Samaria. The settlers “deserve to live a normal life like anyone else,” Netanyahu saYS, “and this is our policy, too – to make sure they can live normal lives.”

“The most difficult decision we took was the decision to suspend new construction in Judea and Samaria for ten months”, he said, adding, “The settlers in Judea and Samaria have been under unjustified attack for almost half a century.”

Netanyahu said that his government carried out the ten-month freeze on Jewish construction despite the difficulty this involved, but also noted that Israel now has “a vital interest” in continuing the negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. Israel is conducting “sensitive” diplomatic contacts with the U.S., he said, in order to find a solution that would make it possible to continue the talks.

“This is not the time to make proclamations,” Netanyahu said, in a hint probably directed at nationalist leaders, settlers and the news media. “We have no interest in causing tempests, and I cannot deny every false report that appears in the media.”

Israel, he added, will quietly find a solution to the complex situation, “far from the spotlights.”

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