Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Netanyahu: There is strong US support for our principles

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed at Ben Gurion Airport Wednesday, after concluding his visit to the United States, during which he spoke before Congress.

"There is strong American support for our principles and what we want," he told reporters at the airport. "Now we are just waiting for the Palestinian response".

National security adviser Yaakov Amidror noted that "It was a very important visit, which contributed greatly to Israel's security and the ability to conduct political negotiations. It was an in-depth political explanation that contributed to the understanding of Israel's stances...I did not sense any tension. I though it was right to clarify Israel's positions."

Meanwhile, Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan in a speech at inauguration ceremony for a new 100-family settlement located in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud said:
"We must support Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today in his position as was presented during his US visit, and forever we should say – that's enough, Jerusalem should stay untouched, Israel without Jerusalem or Zionism without Zion are like a body without a soul. We, as the government of Israel, are committed to strengthening Jerusalem and keeping it whole and united, and continuing to build in all parts of the city."