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Well, he was never small. He was always big. He was always tall.

I've known the president and his family for a long time and there's no greater support of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump. They continue to call for Israel's destruction inside their schools, inside their mosques, inside their textbooks. You have to read it to believe it.

I understand there's great excitement about this meeting (with Trump). But ... my primary concern is Israel's security (and) strengthening our solid alliance with the United States. Requires responsible policies, policies that are given careful consideration - and that's how I intend to act.

At my upcoming meeting with President Trump in Washington, I intend to raise the renewal of sanctions against Iran in this context and in other contexts. Iranian aggression must not go unanswered.

I'd like to talk to you about how we can ensure that Iran's aggression does not go unanswered. Iran seeks to annihilate Israel, it seeks to conquer the Middle East, it threatens Europe, it threatens the West, it threatens the world. And it offers provocation after provocation. That's why I welcome President Trump's assistance of new sanctions against Iran. I think other nations should follow suit, certainly responsible nations.

We all understand the depth of the pain and therefore we will establish a new settlement on state land. Already yesterday I formed a team that will determine the settlement location and get everything ready. And we will act so that it happens as soon as possible.

I did point out the remarkable success of Israel's security fence. But I did not comment about U.S.-Mexico relations. We've had, and will continue to have, good relations with Mexico. President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel's southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea.

It's fun. I enjoy it. Guess what? We should have the freedom to criticize them, and that's what I do on occasion. And it's a lot of fun.

The left-wing media is engaged in a Bolshevik hunt, brainwashing and character assassination against me and my family.

It happens every day and night. They are producing about us a flood, there is no other word for it, a flood of fake news.

Iran again launched a ballistic missile. This is a flagrant violation of a Security Council Resolution. In my upcoming meeting with President Trump I intend to bring up the renewal of sanctions against Iran. Iran's aggression cannot be left without a response.

I want to take the opportunity to make it unequivocally clear that our position has always been, and remains so now and at all times, that the U.S. embassy should be here, in Jerusalem.

I would like to clarify unequivocally that our view has always been, and continues to be, that the United States' embassy should be here in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and it is appropriate that not only the American embassy will be here but that all embassies will move here and I believe that in due course most will come here, to Jerusalem.

Europe is facing a moment of truth. The issue is populism. What we are hearing from the U.S. encourages populism and even extremism. They are saying that Europe should not take immigrants, shouldn't stay together, not believe in climate change. Love thy neighbor' is part of this (American Christian) tradition, the act of helping others. We have signed international obligations, so welcoming refugees fleeing war and oppression forms part of our duties. President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel's southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea.

Europe is facing a moment of truth. The issue is populism. What we are hearing from the U.S. encourages populism and even extremism. They are saying that Europe should not take immigrants, shouldn't stay together, not believe in climate change. We have signed international obligations, so welcoming refugees fleeing war and oppression forms part of our duties. The United States is responsible for the United States' policy on refugees.

You cannot settle this (refugee) issue by building walls. Nobody leaves their homes for nothing.

President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel's southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea.

The goal is to pressure the attorney-general to press charges at any cost. There is no limit to the hounding, the persecution, the lies.

A telephone conversation will be held this evening between President Trump and me. Many matters face us, the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the situation in Syria, the Iranian threat.

I intend to keep leading the Likud and the country for many more years.

I think the most important thing we need to understand is that we are under a new kind of attack. An attack by a lone assailant who is inspired, and on the spur of the moment decides to act, in this case, a ramming attack.

We know the identity of the attacker. According to all the signs he is a supporter of Islamic State.

We are under a new kind of attack, the lone attacker that gets inspiration and decides in a moment to act.

We are here after a brutal and tragic terror attack where four soldiers were murdered, three female soldiers and a male soldier. We know the identity of the attacker, according to all the signs he was a supporter of the Islamic State. We have blockaded Jabel Mukaber, the neighbourhood he came from.

We know the identity of the attacker. According to all the signs, he was a supporter of the Islamic State. We know that there is a sequence of terror attacks. There definitely could be a connection between them, from France to Berlin and now Jerusalem.

We know the identity of the attacker, according to all the signs he is a supporter of Islamic State. We have sealed off Jabel Mukabar, the neighbourhood from where he came, and we are carrying out other actions which I will not detail.

This is wrong, incessant pressure from the media on law enforcement. They release balloons and the hot air comes out of them time after time. That will be the case here too.

Wait with the celebrations, don't rush. I've said it before and I'll say it once again: there will be nothing because there is nothing.

This is a difficult and painful day for all of us, first and foremost for Elor and his family. I support granting a pardon to Elor Azaria.

We have one army that is the basis for our existence. IDF soldiers are our sons and daughters, and they must remain above all disputes. I support granting a pardon to Elor Azaria.

I've said it before and I'll say it once again: there will be nothing because there is nothing. You will continue to release hot air balloons into the air and we will continue leading the state of Israel.

I must express my deep disappointment with the speech today of John Kerry. The speech that was as almost unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution that passed last week.

Israel remains committed to resolving the outstanding difference between us and the Palestinians with direct negotiations.

Israelis do not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by foreign leaders.

The United States did not draft this resolution. Nor did we put it forward.

I did not plan to be here this evening but in light of the U.N. resolution I thought that there was no better place to light the second Hanukkah candle than the Western Wall. I ask those same countries that wish us a Happy Hanukkah how they could vote for a U.N. resolution which says that this place, in which we are now celebrating Hanukkah, is occupied territory?

I instructed the Foreign Ministry to complete within a month a re-evaluation of all our contacts with the United Nations, including the Israeli funding of U.N. institutions and the presence of U.N. representatives in Israel. I have already instructed to stop about 30 million shekels ($7.8 million) in funding to five U.N. institutions, five bodies, that are especially hostile to Israel ... and there is more to come.

We're prepared to take in wounded women and children, and also men if they are not combatants ... bring them to Israel, take care of them in our hospitals, as we've done with thousands of Syrian civilians.

I think Iran didn't rush to the bomb before there was a deal. No, because they were afraid of retribution.

Israel condemns any terror in Turkey, and Israel expects Turkey to condemn any act of terror in Israel. The battle against terror must be mutual.

Israel is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. That has not changed and will not change. As far as President-elect Trump, I look forward to speaking to him about what to do about this bad deal.

I opposed the deal because it doesn't prevent Iran from getting nukes; it paves the way for Iran to get nuclear weapons.

He (Trump) has a clear vision of America's role in dominance in the world. I don't think he's going to put the world aside, I don't see that at all. In fact, I think the contrary is true.

The problem isn't so much that Iran will break the deal, but that Iran will keep it because it just can walk in within a decade, and even less ... to industrial-scale enrichment of uranium to make the core of an arsenal of nuclear weapons. So the problem how to deal with this deal is something that I will discuss with ... President Trump when he takes office.

We are well prepared on our northern frontier, we will not allow Islamic State, or any other faction, to establish a presence near our borders under the cover of the war in Syria.

The instruction is to bring to justice everyone that committed such an offence to create a deterrent for others and for the simple rule that those who try burn the state of Israel will be punished to the fullest extent. There are elements of terror here, of that there is no doubt.

Every fire that was caused by arson, or incitement to arson, is terrorism by all accounts. And we will treat it as such. Whoever tries to burn parts of Israel will be punished for it severely.

According to the weather forecast I'm hearing here, we can say that the conditions of drought and wind have created natural blazes, but there are also some unnatural blazes, so we can't rule out arson.

This is the custom in many cities in Europe as well as in various places in the Muslim world, where they limit the volumes for the sake of the general public. I support similar legislation and enforcement in the state of Israel.

President-elect Trump is a true friend of the State of Israel, and I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region.

With this absurd resolution, UNESCO has lost what little legitimacy it had left, but I believe that the historical truth is much stronger and will prevail.

The theatre of the absurd at UNESCO continues and today the organisation adopted another delusional decision which says that the people of Israel have no connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.

Shimon held the view that peace was the real security and that if there was peace, security would be the result. I told him that in the Middle East, security was the essential condition to get peace. And you know what conclusion I arrived at? As time went by, we were both right.

Shimon devoted his life to our nation and to the pursuit of peace. As Israel's President, Shimon did so much to unite the nation. And the nation loved him for it.

As a man of security, he fortified Israel's strength in many ways, some of which even today are still unknown. As a man of peace, he worked until his final days toward reconciling with our neighbors for a better future for our children.

I am ready to negotiate all final status, but one thing I will never negotiate is the right to a one and only Jewish state.

I would like to thank President Obama and his administration for this historic deal. I also thank our many, many friends in the American Congress and the American people for their support, bi-partisan support from the United States.

Ministers are appointed to resolve crises, not create them.

That is the reason why he raised the election threshold… and also for this 'ousting' legislation – because he is scared of our impact. We make up 20 percent of the population. If we become legitimate in the country, he will not remain prime minister and the right wing will no longer rule the country.

We have a commitment and we are keeping it on a humanitarian basis and on the basis of family reunifications. It will take place in the current budget.

Israel has a special place in Ethiopia and Ethiopia has a special place in Israel.

This is a deeply moving day for me. Forty years ago they landed in the dead of night in a country led by a brutal dictator who gave refuge to terrorists. Today we landed in broad daylight in a friendly country led by a president who fights terrorists.

Jerusalem "represented to him our ability to rise from the pit and reach new heights. The memory of this man, who taught us what memory is, will be enshrined in our hearts and in the heart of humanity forever.

The horrifying murder of a young girl in her bed underscores the bloodlust and inhumanity of the incitement-driven terrorists that we are facing. The entire world needs to condemn this murder, just as it condemned the terrorist attacks in Orlando and Brussels.

I think it is an important step here to normalise relations on one side. It has also immense implications for the Israeli economy and I use that word advisedly, immense implications for the Israeli economy and I mean positive immense implications.

The agreement is an important step. I use that word advisedly, immense implications for the Israeli economy, and I mean positive immense implications.

There is no direct impact on Israel, except for the fact that we are part of the global economy. Israel's economy is strong, it has very considerable foreign exchange reserves, therefore, to the extent there is some effect, it is not expected to be strong, other than the unrest in the global economy.

We will locate anyone who cooperated with this attack and we will act firmly and intelligently to fight terrorism.

This nation is strong. They will not defeat us. That just reminds us who and what we face. We will win.

Officials "were updated on intelligence and operational activity by the security services over the past 24 hours.

Russia is a global power and our relations are getting closer. I worked on this rapprochement and today it is serving us, our national security, preventing unneeded and dangerous clashes at our northern border.

I've been looking out for Israel's security. I haven't done such a bad job in my years as premier, and that is how it will be now.

I reckon that had (he) not been asked to leave the Defence Ministry, he would not have quit.

Mr. Yaalon "should have continued being a full partner in leadership of this country, as foreign minister,". The reshuffle of portfolios did not stem from a lack of confidence between us but rather from the need to broaden the government.

I told him the only way to advance genuine peace between us and the Palestinians is through direct negotiations between us and them, without preconditions.

Here, several years ago, in the Foreign Ministry situation room, we faced an ever-tightening siege on our people in the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

We will find who prepared this explosive device. We will discover who carried it out. We will also get to those behind them. We will settle the score with these terrorists.

Whatever happens beyond the border, the (Golan) line is not going to change.

Cooperation between Israel and China can produce massive results, and we believe that Israel can be the perfect partner.

Peace won't come through U.N. Security Council resolutions but through direct negotiations between the parties. The best formula for achieving peace remains two states for two peoples in which a demilitarized Palestinian state finally recognizes the Jewish state.

There have been ups and downs in this struggle. We are using many different measures, including resolute ones we have not used in the past. These include a closure on the Hebron district – 700,000 people – and revoking all working permits in the village of Bani Naim, where six attackers came from.

The chief of staff stated the obvious and, in any case, the IDF and security forces operate accordingly. The debate stems from ignorance or an attempt at political bashing and it is wrong.

I know this is a sensitive topic, but I think it is an appropriate solution, a creative solution.

The words of the Secretary-General only bolster terrorism. There is no justification for terrorism, period. The Palestinian murderers do not want to build a state. They want to destroy a state as they declare publicly. The UN has long ago lost its neutrality and its moral powers and these words by the Secretary-General don't help its case.

It is a land survey, it is one of many, routine, and I think it is not the issue. There has been no decision on what to do with this land, but there is a decision that I have made, to negotiate peace with the Palestinian authorities if they deem to do so.

The international community must impose severe and clear sanctions against any violation (by Iran). Without our efforts leading the sanctions and preventing Iran's nuclear plan, Iran would have possessed nuclear weapons a long time ago. Israel's policy was and remains as it was: not to allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.

It's outrageous, it's immoral and it's stupid. People are defending themselves against assailants wielding knives who are about to stab them to death and they shoot the people - and that's extrajudicial killings?

Yossi has headed the National Security Council in the past years. He has great experience and achievements and has proven abilities in various aspects in the workings of the Mossad.

Three things, keep their feet to the fire. Support your allies first. And third, bring down that terror network. I think that is what I can say about Iran.

I think everybody can see it: with the savagery of ISIS; with the aggression and terror by Iran's proxies and by Iran itself; and the combination of turbulence has now displaced millions of people, has butchered hundreds of thousands and we don't know what will transpire.

We welcome increased coordination between the Israeli authorities and the Jordanian Waqf, including to ensure that visitors and worshippers demonstrate restraint and respect for the sanctity of the area.

There is no question that wave of attacks is driven directly by incitement. Incitement from Hamas, incitement from the Islamist movement in Israel, and incitement, I am sorry to say, from President Abbas.

Israel wants peace. I want peace, a peace founded on mutual recognition, iron-clad security arrangements in which Israel could defend itself by itself.

Mahmoud Abbas said the other day, I welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem.' Are these the words of a moderate? Who glorifies these killings? He has not condemned a single one of the thirty terrorist attacks on Israelis over the last month.

A crowd which forms at an attack site should evacuate the area and let the emergency services do their job. We've laws in this country.No one should take the law into his own hands. That's the first rule. Secondly, what we see here is a combination of extremist Islam and the Internet. It's Osama bin Laden meets Mark Zuckerberg.

We didn't change anything. The orders of prayer, the visiting rights have not changed for the last fifteen years. The only thing that changed are Islamist hoodlums paid by the Islamist movement in Israel and by Hamas who are entering the mosque and trying to put explosives there.

Israel is using exactly the kind and the amount of legitimate force and that any one of those governments, those municipalities and those police forces would use if they had people wielding knives, meat cleavers, axes, trying to kill people on their streets.

They repeat over and over again their lies that we intend to destroy al-Aqsa or to change the status quo here. This is an absolute lie. It is the exact opposite. We are committed to maintaining the status quo at Temple Mount.

The terror of suicide bombers did not vanquish us, and the terror of knives will not beat us.

We will prove that terror doesn't pay and we will overcome it.

We are in the midst of a wave of terror. There is no magic solution and the actions we are taking will not yield instant results, but with methodical determination we will prove that terror does not pay and we will defeat it.

Civilians are at the forefront of the war against terrorism and must also be on maximum alert. I would like to praise the level-headedness that Israel's citizens have shown both in recent days and today.

I convened the heads of Israel's security forces and I have ordered a series of additional steps in order to prevent terror and to deter and punish the perpetrators.

The response from nearly every one of the governments represented here has been… absolutely nothing. Other silence. Deafening silence.

Stones and firebombs are deadly weapons; they kill and have killed. Therefore, in recent days we have changed the open-fire orders for police in Jerusalem.

She was murdered by a vile person because she supported the simple notion that everyone has the right to live their lives respectfully and with security. The despicable murderer who stabbed Shira and five others tried to undermine this fundamental value, the basic values on which our society is built – social equality and individual rights that we sanctify.

Israel's absolute commitment is to fight this evil, to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice. We have to calm spirits and recommit ourselves to our joint battle against terrorism and extremism.

This is a terrorist attack. Israel takes firm action against terrorism, no matter who its perpetrators are.

The world is a much more dangerous place today than it was yesterday. In fact the deal gives Iran every incentive not to change. in the coming decade the deal will reward Iran and the terrorist regime in Tehran , with hundreds of billions of dollars. This cash bonanza will fuel iran's terrorism worldwide, its aggression in the region and its efforts to destroy Israel which are ongoing.

I'm not convinced that the agreement, as I understand it, will actually stop Iran from getting a bomb. But you have to try.

They chose to come and protest in the State of Israel, the only real democratic state in the Middle East which is fighting against terrorists who deliberately fire at Israeli citizens and deliberately hide behind Palestinian civilians. Therefore, this flotilla is a demonstration of hypocrisy.

If someone wants to know the truth he should read our report . Whoever wants a baseless, automatic accusation against Israel can waste their time reading the UN report.

I call on the French government to distance itself publicly from the miserable statement and the miserable action of a company that is partially owned by the French state.

It is a bad deal, a very bad deal that leaves Iran in possession of the capability of arming itself with nuclear weapons, that fills its coffers with a lot of money and enables it to continue its terrorism and aggression in the Middle East.

It appears the deal being formulated in Lausanne will leave Iran with underground facilities, the nuclear reactor in Arak and with advanced centrifuges.

I am proud of the people of Israel, that in this moment of truth they managed to distinguish between the essential and the superficial. And (managed) to stick to things that are important to us: efficient security, responsible economy and social protection that we are reaching for.

I'm certainly worried. I think that anyone who sees this gap understands that we have three days to close it, several days to close this gap. Because otherwise Tzipi and Bougie (Herzog) will be prime ministers here in Israel….

If demilitarisation is guaranteed and we get the necessary security arrangements, and if the Palestinians will recognise Israel as the State of the Jewish people, we will be ready to come to a solution for a demilitarised Palestinian state alongside the Jewish State.

Iran gets everything they wanted at this stage and it pays nothing. I urge Secretary Kerry not to rush to sign. To wait, to reconsider, to get a good deal. But this is a bad deal. A very bad deal.

In my opinion, Congress could be the last brake for stopping the deal.

We will continue to take action and lead the international effort against Iran arming itself with nuclear weapons. We will do everything and take every action to thwart a bad and dangerous agreement that would cloud the future and the security of the State of Israel.

Whoever is behind today's attack will pay the full price. For some time, Iran – via Hezbollah – has been trying to establish an additional terrorist front against us from the Golan Heights. We are taking strong and responsible action against this attempt.

Those who try to challenge us on our borders will discover that we are prepared to respond with force. Israel views the attack from Syria very seriously. Those who play with fire will get burned.

In one word that is called putsch and that makes it impossible to run a government, that makes it impossible to lead a country. Therefore a short while ago, I instructed the cabinet secretary to issue dismissal letters to ministers Livni and Lapid.

We are making great efforts to restore peace and quiet to Jerusalem. Of course we will not tolerate attacks from any side and we will not tolerate setting fire to the Jewish-Arab school as we saw last night.

The state of Israel is the nation state of the Jewish People. It has equal individual rights for every citizen and we insist on this. But only the Jewish People have national rights. A flag,anthem, the right of every Jew to immigrate to the country, and other national symbols.

We have Palestinian workers working in Israel, some legally and some illegally, and they [presumably Israel's opponents] exploit that to put in terrorists of Hamas, terrorists that unfortunately are incited by the Palestinian Authority, by the Palestinian president. I think we'll do whatever we can to prevent this danger.

I call upon all leaders of the civilised world. I want to see a profound indignation, without conciliation against these acts, these assassinations of Israelis, of Jews. Don't make distinctions in between blood and blood.

We will respond with a heavy hand to the brutal murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by lowly murderers.

The ramming in Jerusalem is a direct result of the incitement by Abu Mazen [Abbas] and his partners in Hamas. We are in a continuous battle over Jerusalem, which I have no doubt we will win.

ISIS must be defeated. But to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war.

It's a tiny country and we don't have the time or the privileges to wait and check because they could be above Tel Aviv or above Jerusalem in literally less than minutes. That's why we have this procedure. Apparently a Syrian fighter aircraft penetrated our air space. We shot it down.

Israel deeply regrets every civilian casualty, every single one.

As of now, we have neutralised dozens of terrorist tunnels and we are determined to complete this mission, with or without a ceasefire, and therefore I will not agree to any proposal that does not allow the IDF (Israeli Defence Force) to complete this work which is important for the security of Israel's citizens.

I believe that you (Ban Ki-moon) understand that it is the right of every state to defend itself and Israel will continue to do what it needs to do to defend its people. Mr. Secretary, this is not only our right, this is our duty.

We will continue to act with patience and forbearance, with determination, responsibility and aggression to achieve the goal of the campaign, restoring calm for a long period by dealing a significant blow to Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli army is prepared for all possibilities.

So far we the battle is progressing as planned but we can expected (more) stages in the future. Until now we have hit Hamas and the terror organisations hard and as the battle continues we will increase our strikes at them.

We will not allow extremists, it doesn't matter what side, to inflame the region and cause bloodshed.

We must strike hard at the people of Hamas and its infrastructure in the West Bank. We won't rest till we get the last of them, wherever they try to hide, no matter how long it takes.

We will neither rest nor slow down until we reach the last of them and it does not matter where they will try to hide.

Instead of moving into peace with Israel, he's moving into peace with Hamas. And he has to choose. Does he want peace with Hamas or peace with Israel? You can have one but not the other. I hope he chooses peace; so far he hasn't done so.

We are at the height of a complicated operation. We must be prepared for the possibility it could take time.

Our teenagers were kidnapped by a terror organisation with all certainty. There is no doubt about it.

I think its an overture to American public opinion, to world public opinion, to try to placate and somehow smooth over the fact that he made a terrible step away from peace. He made a giant leap backward away from peace, because he embraced Hamas that calls for the extermination of Jews worldwide, for the eradication of Israel, and actually acts on a daily basis against peace.

Unilateral steps by them will be answered with unilateral steps by us. We are willing to continue negotiations but not at any [unreasonable] price.

Our policy is very clear; we hurt those who hurt us and, as far as possible, we will also thwart the transfer of arms at sea and by air. From time to time we are required to carry out aggressive operations – as we have just done – in order to ensure the calm.

I heard a few faint condemnations of Iran from the international community after we intercepted this murderous shipment.

Israel captured a ship on the high seas, stocked with weapons destined for terrorist groups. These weapons were going to be used against Israel. The entire operation, this clandestine operation was organised by Iran. While Iran is conducting these talks, smiling to the international community, it continues to arm terrorist groups, it continues to perpetrate terrorism around the world.

At the same time that it is talking to world powers, at the same time that Iran is smiling and saying all kinds of honeyed words, that same Iran is sending lethal weaponry to terrorist organisations and it is doing so in a complex web of covert, worldwide operations.

I would like to discuss the ways to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons capability. I believe that this is the greatest challenge to the security of the world.

This is a great advance in Israel's ability to protect itself against ballistic missiles. We need protection in this area because there are bad regimes led by Iran.

Concerning matters published in the past few days, I have asked for an examination of the matter. In the close ties between Israel and the United States there are things that must not be done and that are not acceptable to us.

Today the world became a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world made a significant step in obtaining the most dangerous weapons in the world.

World attention must not be diverted from the primary goal – preventing Iran from achieving an agreement that would enable it to continue its nuclear military programme.

From there it's only a few months, possibly a few weeks before they get enough enriched uranium for the first bomb.

Iran got the deal of the century and the international community got a bad deal. This is a very bad deal and Israel utterly rejects it and what I am saying is shared by many, many in the region, whether or not they express that publicly.

I am concerned about their progress because I see the Palestinians continuing with incitement, continuing to create artificial crises, continuing to avoid and run away from the historic decisions that are needed to make a genuine peace.

This means that they shouldn't have centrifuges for enrichment, they shouldn't have a plutonium heavy water plant, which is used only for nuclear weapons. They should get rid of the amassed fissile material, and they shouldn't have underground nuclear facilities. I think a partial deal that leaves Iran with these capabilities is a bad deal.

Rohani doesn't sound like Ahmadinejad but when it comes to Iran's nuclear weapons program the only difference between them is this: Ahmadinejad was a wolf in wolf's clothing. Rohani is a wolf in sheep's clothing. A wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community.

Iran's president said that pressures do not work. Not true. The only thing that has worked in the last two decades is pressure. And the only thing that will work now is increased pressure.

Iran's president said the day before yesterday that Israel is a wound on Islam's body. The president in Iran has changed but the intention of the regime there has not. It has remained the same. Iran's intention is to develop nuclear capability and nuclear arms and its aim is to destroy the state of Israel. This represents a danger not only to us and to the Middle East, but to the entire world and we are all committed to prevent this.

The Iranian election clearly reflects deep disaffection of the Iranian people with its regime. Unfortunately it doesn't have the power to change Iran's nuclear ambitions which are determined and guided not by the president but by the supreme ruler Ayatollah Khamenei.

To be here with those who survived, to be here in block 27 with those who experienced that it is something exceptional and I am very moved. There are people who deny the Holocaust, let them come here, let them read name by name.

We are acting with experience, wisdom and responsibility, preparing for what may come.

This is very serious. I do not remember such an event, certainly not in the last few years and it is not common place in Israel. An attack like this must not be allowed to happen again.

I view with great gravity this attempt to violate our border. We will continue to do what is necessary to defend the security of Israel's citizens.

I believe that it's time for the rest of the world to wake up. The great challenges that we face, the great danger to the world, is not from Jews building in our ancestral capital in Jerusalem, it's from nuclear weapons in Iran, those weapons that are built in Iran.

The state of Israel faces huge challenges and I have to tell you this honestly before the elections. Iran is still advancing in its nuclear programme. Hezbollah and Hamas equip themselves with rockets. Radical Islam is taking over the region. It makes regimes collapse one after the other.

We are going to build in Jerusalem for all its residents, this is something that has been done by all previous governments and this is something that my government will continue to do.

What is interesting is that he (Abbas) didn't condemn Hamas for calling for Israel's destruction, just as previously he didn't condemn the rockets fired at Israel. And to my regret, he is working for unity with this same Hamas, which is supported by Iran.

For peace to endure, it must be a peace that we can defend. No other peace can survive in the Middle East. We remain committed, as you said, to a negotiated settlement between us and our Palestinian neighbours.

Today we are building and we will continue building in Jerusalem and anywhere which is on Israel's strategic map. The Palestinian Authority's unilateral step at the UN General Assembly constitutes a blunt violation of the agreements that have been signed with the state of Israel. Therefore, the state of Israel rejects the General Assembly's resolution.

The decision at the United Nations will change nothing on the ground. It will not advance the establishment of a Palestinian state; it will delay it further.

I have a simple message for those gathered in the General Assembly today. No decision in the UN can break the 4,000 year old bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel.

The campaign objectives were achieved. I know some were expecting a harsher response. We are prepared for that, too.

I know some people are expecting more severe military action, and perhaps we may need to do this, but at this time the right thing for the state of Israel to do is to use this opportunity to achieve a long-lasting ceasefire.

There is no moral symmetry, there is no moral equivalence between Israel and the terrorist organisations in Gaza. The terrorists are committing a double war crime: they fire at Israeli civilians and they hide behind Palestinian civilians – and by contrast Israel takes every measure to avoid civilian casualties.

Today we've sent a clear message to Hamas and to other terrorist organisations and if there is a need, the Israeli Defence Forces are prepared to widen the operation. We will continue to do everything to defend our citizens.

I think that as they (Iran) get closer and closer and closer to the achievement of weapons grade material – they're very close, they're six months away from being about ninety percent of having the enriched uranium for an atom bomb – I think you have to place that red line before them now, before it's too late.

I think it is clear that Israel and Egypt have a common interest to keep the border between us quiet. At the same time, it turns out time and again that when it comes to the security of Israeli citizens, the state of Israel can only rely on itself.

We can't rule out that there was a strong murderous anti-Semitic motive here. I am sure that Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of France, and his government will do their utmost to find the killer and we in Israel will do everything to help them in this task.

My policy and instructions are clear: we will strike anybody that plans to strike us, tries to strike us or actually does hit us. The Israeli Army is dealing these terror organisations very heavy blows.

It is either peace with Hamas or peace with Israel. You can't have them both.

Israel didn't deliberately target civilians, and our investigative bodies work according to the highest international standards, which of course is not the case for Hamas.

The Israeli Defence Forces will protect the residents of southern Israel and eliminate the rocket launchers.

Hamas rules Gaza and it is responsible for its security, even if the perpetrators are Islamic Jihad.

As a soldier and an army officer, I was sent by the IDF to carry out dangerous missions but I always knew that if I, or any of my friends fell into enemy hands, the state of Israel would do everything in its power to bring us home.

Let's just sit down and begin to talk peace. Why are we talking about talking? Why negotiating about negotiating? It is very simple. If you want to get to peace, put all your preconditions on the side.

Tear up your pact with Hamas. Sit down and negotiate. Make peace with the Jewish state.

Israel is not what is wrong about the Middle East; Israel is what is right about the Middle East.

Israel cannot go back to the 1967 lines because these lines are indefensible, because they don't take into account certain changes that have taken place on the ground. Demographic changes that have taken place over the last 44 years.

While Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peacce it cannot go back to 1967 lines because these lines are indefensible, because they don't take into account certain changes that have taken place on the ground.

Our policy is clear. If the attacks on Israel's citizens and soldiers continue, the response will be much harsher.

Many weapons were found on board intended for terrorist forces in the heart of Gaza. Iran is the source of the weaponry.

The Israeli government welcomes the announcement by Egypt's military (saying) that Egypt will continue to respect its peace treaty with Israel.

Our efforts are meant to continue and preserve security and stability in the region. I remind you that the peace between Israel and Egypt has lasted for more than three decades. Our goal is to ensure that this relationship continues.

The report clearly shows that the blockade of Gaza is legal. It shows that the enforcement of that blockade last May was legal. And it shows that the Israeli soldiers who boarded the Maramra acted legally and in self defence.

It can only be done with aircraft and we don't have any other means. We need to bring in more planes.

The discussions about new constructions in the settlements is an artificial obstacle to the peace talks. The Palestinians themselves are saying that all the constructions in the settlements are taking only a small percentage of the area and the additional building is negligible on the settlement map.

A true peace, a lasting peace, will be achieved only with mutual and painful concessions.

Only a government led by the Likud can bring Israel a peace agreement that will ensure security for its citizens for generations.

The legitimacy of the state of Israeli is under attack from different agents in the international community. This attack includes attempts to boycott Israel economically, academically, and culturally. The last thing we need at this time are boycott attempts from within us.

Israel expects the international community to condemn such attacks in the strongest possible terms. All those in the international community who are genuinely committed to peace should support Israel's right to defend itself against those who attack the innocent and seek to destroy peace.

We have begun proximity talks. I think it is high-time to begin direct talks. I think with the help of President Obama, President Abbas and myself should engage in direct talks to reach a political settlement of peace, coupled with security and prosperity.

What we wanted to prevent coming into Gaza are rockets, missiles, explosives and war material that could be used to attack our civilians.

Proximity talks must produce direct talks soon. Peace cannot be brought from a distance, or by remote control. What's more, we are the Palestinians' neighbours, and they are our neighbours.

I'm not concerned that anyone would think that Israel is a terrorist regime. Everybody knows a terrorist and rogue regime when they see one, and believe me, they see quite a few around Israel.

The connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem can not be denied. The Jewish people were building Jerusalem 3,000 years ago and the Jewish people are building Jerusalem today. Jerusalem is not a settlement – it is our capital.

Our policy on Jerusalem is the same policy followed by all Israeli governments over the past 42 years, and it has not changed. As far as we are concerned, building in Jerusalem is the same as building in Tel Aviv. These are things that we have made clear to the U.S. administration.

There has not been a government in Israel in the last 40 years that has limited building in Jerusalem. The construction of these neighbourhoods did not harms the Arabs of East Jerusalem in any way and did not come at their expense.

I've just come now from a meeting with Senator Mitchell and we are trying to advance, and I believe we will succeed in advancing, the diplomatic process but this is not a game, it's the real thing, and it depends on providing real security.

The international community must decide if it is serious about neutralising this threat to Israel, the region and the entire world. I believe that what is required right now is tough action from the international community.

I am very encouraged by the commitment of President Mubarak to the peace process. I hope to see such a readiness from the Palestinian Authority. It is time to move the peace process forward, to restart talks.

Security measures that guarantee effective demilitarisation.

The suspension will not affect the construction already underway. It will not include the schools, the kindergartens, the synagogues and the public buildings necessary for the continuation of normal life over the period of the suspension.

There is no substitute to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and any unilateral path will only unravel the framework of agreements between us and will only bring unilateral steps from Israel's side.

We hope the Palestinians return to their senses and will enter into the negotiation process. The peace process is in both parties' interest. It is an important thing. We are committed to it and want it to begin straight away.

We have about a quarter of a million such people (settlers). They lead lives. They have children they have to go to school. They need classrooms, they need kindergartens. They need to have a place to house the families. This is very different from grabbing land and I've made it very clear we're not going to build new settlements or expropriate additional land for existing ones.

I call again on the Palestinian leadership, on the leaders of the Palestinian Authority. Let's meet, let's make peace, political peace and economic peace. Let's cooperate on these things.

If…the Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish State, if they fight terror, if they educate their children for peace and for a better future, then I think we can come (to) a substantive solution that allows the two peoples to live side by side in security and peace.

I asked him as a moral figure to make his voice heard loudly and contentiously against the declarations coming from Iran of their intention to destroy Israel…there is no aggressive voice being heard condemning this.

We want to resume the peace talks with the Palestinians as soon as possible, and I hope they will indeed resume in the coming weeks.

We need a strong and stable government and a strong and stable government means only one thing, and I believe Israel wants a big Likud win.

The army did a great job. But the Kadima government stopped short of achieving the goal. There is only one thing that will remove the missile threat to Ashkelon and other cities and towns in Israel, and that's to bring down the Hamas government, and we will bring down the Hamas government.

It must be said, honestly, that there were many failures: failures in identifying the threat, in preparing to meet the threat, in the management of the war, and failures in the management of the home front.

We must bring Likud back to itself and then to the leadership of the country. It begins now – up, up and up.

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