Full Text Israel Political Brief September 30, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu & President Barack Obama’s Remarks at White House Meeting over Iran’s Nuclear Weapons and Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

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President Obama Meets with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

Source: WH, 10-1-13

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel hold a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Sept. 30, 2013.President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel hold a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Sept. 30, 2013.(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Today President Obama held a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

President Obama commended the Prime Minister for entering into good-faith negotiations with the Palestinian Authority with the goal of two states living side-by-side in peace and security

“Both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas have assigned outstanding negotiators,” President Obama said. “They have been engaging in serious conversations. And our goal continues to be to help facilitate — not dictate, but facilitate — the kinds of genuine negotiations that will result in two states living side-by-side in peace and security.”

The two leaders also discussed the situation in Syria and the possibility of eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles; their shared commitment to a constructive relationship with Egypt; and their agreement that Iran must not acquire a nuclear weapon.

President Obama said that because of sanctions put in place over the past several years, the Islamic Republic of Iran Iranians may be prepared to negotiate in order to reach a diplomatic resolution to the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.

“We have to see if, in fact, they are serious about their willingness to abide by international norms and international law and international requirements and resolutions,” President Obama said. “And anything that we do will require the highest standards of verification in order for us to provide the sort of sanctions relief that I think they are looking for.”

So we will be in close consultation with Israel and our other friends and allies in the region during this process, and our hope is that we can resolve this diplomatically. But as President of the United States, I’ve said before and I will repeat that we take no options off the table, including military options, in terms of making sure that we do not have nuclear weapons in Iran that would destabilize the region and potentially threaten the United States of America.

“In all of this, our unshakeable bond with the Israeli people is stronger than ever,” President Obama said.

Our commitment to Israel’s security is stronger than ever. And we are very much looking forward to continuing to work with our friends in Israel to make sure that the U.S. security interests are met, Israel’s security interests are met, but hopefully that we can also bring about greater peace and greater stability in a region that has been racked with violence and tensions for far too long.

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel After Bilateral Meeting

Source: WH, 9-30-13 

Oval Office
12:39 P.M. EDT
PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, it’s a pleasure to welcome Prime Minister Netanyahu back to the Oval Office.  I think I’ve had the pleasure of hosting him more often than just about any other world leader, and hopefully this will provide just some small measure of repayment for the wonderful visit that I had in Israel this spring.  And I want to thank him and his family and his entire team for the tremendous hospitality that we had when we were there.
The Prime Minister and I were just talking about the fact these are hectic times, and nowhere is that more true, obviously, than in the Middle East.  And so we had an opportunity for a wide-ranging discussion about a range of issues.
I commended him for entering into good-faith negotiations with the Palestinian Authority in discussing how we can resolve what has been, obviously, one of the biggest challenges for a very long time in the region.  And both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas have assigned outstanding negotiators.  They have been engaging in serious conversations.  And our goal continues to be to help facilitate — not dictate, but facilitate — the kinds of genuine negotiations that will result in two states living side-by-side in peace and security.
And we have a limited amount of time to achieve that goal, and I appreciate the Prime Minister’s courage in being willing to step forward on behalf of that goal.
We had an opportunity to discuss the situation in Syria.  Obviously, we have a broad set of strategic concerns in Syria.  We are both pleased that there is the possibility of finally getting chemical weapons stockpiles out of Syria.  But I think we both share a deep concern that we have to be able to verify and enforce what has now been agreed to at the United Nations.  Chemical weapons inside of Syria obviously have threatened Syrian civilians, but over the long term also pose a threat to Israel.  And we want to make sure that we get those indiscriminate, horrible weapons out of there.
And so we are consulting with the international community on these issues, and I shared with the Prime Minister our belief that we have to move with speed and dispatch in actually making sure that the agreement that was arrived at in the United Nations is followed through on.
In addition, we have the larger question of how to deal with the civil war that’s taking place in Syria.  And given Israel’s significant interest in the spillover effects of activities there, we will be consulting very closely with them.
We had an opportunity to discuss Egypt, and I shared with him what I said at the United Nations just a week ago, which is that we continue to have concerns about what has happened in Egypt, but we also are committed to a constructive relationship with Egypt, in part because of the important role that the Camp David Accords and the Egypt-Israeli peace serve not only for the stability and security of both those countries, but also for security in the region and U.S. security.
So we will continue to work with the Egyptian government, although urging them and pushing them in a direction that is more inclusive and that meets the basic goals of those who originally sought for more freedom and more democracy in that country.
And we had an opportunity, obviously, to discuss Iran.  Both the Prime Minister and I agree, since I came into office, that it is imperative that Iran not possess a nuclear weapon.  That is important for American security; it is important for Israeli security; it’s important for world security, because we do not want to trigger a nuclear arms race in the most volatile region in the world.  And given the statements and actions from the Iranian regime in the past — the threats against Israel, the acts against Israel — it is absolutely clear that words are not sufficient, that we have to have actions that give the international community confidence that, in fact, they are meeting their international obligations fully, and that they are not in a position to have a nuclear weapon.
What I also shared with the Prime Minister is that, because of the extraordinary sanctions that we have been able to put in place over the last several years, the Iranians are now prepared, it appears, to negotiate.  We have to test diplomacy.  We have to see if, in fact, they are serious about their willingness to abide by international norms and international law and international requirements and resolutions.  And we in good faith will approach them, indicating that it is our preference to resolve these issues diplomatically.
But we enter into these negotiations very clear-eyed.  They will not be easy.  And anything that we do will require the highest standards of verification in order for us to provide the sort of sanctions relief that I think they are looking for.
So we will be in close consultation with Israel and our other friends and allies in the region during this process, and our hope is that we can resolve this diplomatically.  But as President of the United States, I’ve said before and I will repeat that we take no options off the table, including military options, in terms of making sure that we do not have nuclear weapons in Iran that would destabilize the region and potentially threaten the United States of America.
In all of this, our unshakeable bond with the Israeli people is stronger than ever.  Our commitment to Israel’s security is stronger than ever.  And we are very much looking forward to continuing to work with our friends in Israel to make sure that the U.S. security interests are met, Israel’s security interests are met, but hopefully that we can also bring about greater peace and greater stability in a region that has been racked with violence and tensions for far too long.
And I appreciate the Prime Minister’s views.  He is always candid, and we’re always able to have not only a good working relationship at the prime ministerial level, but also because of the outstanding work that our staffs do.
So, Mr. Prime Minister, welcome.
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU:  Mr. President, thank you for welcoming me and my delegation on what I know is a very busy day for you in Washington today.
There are many things on your plate, but I know that you know and the American people know that there is no better ally — more reliable, more stable, more democratic — other than Israel in a very raw, dangerous place.  So I welcome the opportunity that we’re having to discuss how we work closely together to address the enormous challenges that face both of us.  And I think of those, the most important challenge is preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
I appreciate deeply the fact that you have made clear that you remain committed to this goal.  I also appreciate the statement you made that Iran’s conciliatory words have to be matched by real actions — transparent, verifiable, meaningful actions.
Iran is committed to Israel’s destruction.  So for Israel, the ultimate test of a future agreement with Iran is whether or not Iran dismantles its military nuclear program.  We have a saying in Hebrew, we call it mivchan hatotza’a — you would say it in English, what’s the bottom line?  And the bottom line, again, is that Iran fully dismantles its military nuclear program.
In this regard, I want to express my appreciation to you for the enormous work that’s been done to have a sanctions regime in place to thwart Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.  I believe that it’s the combination of a credible military threat
and the pressure of those sanctions that has brought Iran to the negotiating table.
I also believe that if diplomacy is to work, those pressures must be kept in place.  And I think that they should not be lessened until there is verifiable success.  And, in fact, it is Israel’s firm belief that if Iran continues to advance its nuclear program during negotiations, the sanctions should be strengthened.  It’s the combination, I believe, that has guided your policy and our policy so far, that is good credible military threat and strong sanctions I think is still the only formula that can get a peaceful resolution of this problem.
Mr. President, we discussed many of these, but I want to use this opportunity to thank you, Secretary of State Kerry and others in your administration for helping to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians.  I remain committed to that peace.  And I hope that our efforts — our common efforts — would lead to a secure and lasting peace.
We know that for peace to endure, it must be based on Israel’s capacity to defend itself, by itself.  And I hope that we can achieve an historic transformation that will give a better future for us and our Palestinian neighbors, and, who knows, one day with our other neighbors as well.
So I want to thank you again for your hospitality, for your efforts, and it’s very, very good to see you again.
Q    Mr. President, are you resigned to a government shutdown at this point?  And given how close we are to the midnight deadline, have you had any conversations with Speaker Boehner over the past few days?
PRESIDENT OBAMA:  I am not at all resigned.  And I’ll have a chance to obviously speak more to this.  I’m going to have a Cabinet meeting this afternoon and may have some further thoughts for the press as the day goes on.  But the bottom line is that the Senate has passed a bill that keeps the government open, does not have a lot of extraneous issues to it, that allows us then to negotiate a longer-term budget and address a range of other issues, but that ensures that we’re not shutting down the government and we’re not shutting down the economy at a time when a lot of families out there are just getting some traction and digging themselves out of the hole that we’ve had as a consequence of the financial crisis.
I’ve said before, Congress has two responsibilities:  Pass a budget, pay the bills.  And I am not only open to but eager to have negotiations around a long-term budget that makes sure that we’re investing in middle-class families, helping the economy grow, giving people who are working hard a leg up, and greater security and stability and deals with some of our long-term challenges in terms of debt and deficits.
But the only way to do that is for everybody to sit down in good faith without threatening to harm women and veterans and children with a government shutdown, and certainly we can’t have any kind of meaningful negotiations under the cloud of potential default, the first in U.S. history.
There’s not a world leader, if you took a poll, who would say that it would be responsible or consistent with America’s leadership in the world for us not to pay our bills.  We are the foundation of the world economy and the world financial system.  And our currency is the reserve currency of the world.  We don’t mess with that.  And we certainly don’t allow domestic policy differences on issues that are unrelated to the budget to endanger not only our economy but the world economy.  So I suspect that I will speaking to the leaders today, tomorrow, and the next day.
But there’s a pretty straightforward solution to this.  If you set aside the short-term politics and you look at the long term here, what it simply requires is everybody to act responsibly and do what’s right for the American people.
All right?  Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you.
 END
12:54 P.M. EDT
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Israel Musings September 29, 2013: Netanyahu condemns Iranian President’s UN speech

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Full Text Israel Political Brief September 15, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech at the Ceremony Marking 40 Years Since the Yom Kippur War

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Ceremony Marking 40 Years Since the Yom Kippur War

Source: PMO, 9-15-13

יום ראשון י”א תשרי תשע”ד

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With humility and gratitude, we pay tribute to the heroism of the fighters of the Yom Kippur War. Thousands of our finest sons and daughters were killed in that war, thousands more were injured and some still bear their wounds today. So too do thousands of bereaved families carry the scar of their loss every day of their lives.

My brothers and sisters, I know your pain, your hearts. The hearts of the people are with you on this day and every day. A people’s mettle is greatly tested on turbulent days of failure and grief, when it appears as if the line of our lives may be cut. It was like this on Yom Kippur 40 years ago, when the sounding of the siren pierced the holiest of days for the Jewish people.

When the war broke out, I was an Israeli student in the United States. Like many other Israelis who studied abroad, I asked to return home quickly, to join my unit and defend the country. For too many who flew to Israel with me, it was their last journey. We came home to a difficult reality: the initiative was in the hands of the enemy; the leadership had failed in its estimation of the enemy and the actions required to stop them in time. For some of us, it seemed as if we were fighting for the very existence of the Third Temple. As one, without debate or hesitation, the reserve soldiers mobilized and joined the regular soldiers at the front. Together, with supreme bravery, they pushed backed the enemy swarms that flowed over the sands of the Sinai and the basalt fields of the Golan Heights. They understood well that the fate of Israel was dependent on each and every one of them. The IDF, under the leadership of the Chief of General Staff, David Eliezer Dado, fought back vigorously and took the offensive. Within three weeks, we were at the gates of Cairo and Damascus, and there was no military force that could stop us.

My late brother, Yoni, who fought in many battles during the war, wrote to my parents only weeks after its end, “It is hard to describe how tightly clenched the fingers are in the steel glove during days of pogroms. How strong the nation is and how great it is during times of crisis”. He added, “Don’t forget: force, justice and a decisive decision are with us and that is a great deal”.

The resilience of the people held then and it is always needed, every day and every hour, even today, but we cannot be satisfied with that. The duty of the people’s leadership is to be realistic and not get carried away by illusions or false hopes. It must see the entirety of the strategic arena. It must be ready at all times. Sometimes it must make the difficult choice between bad and worse, and it must ensure the existence of the State of Israel. This existence rests not only on our leadership’s capabilities, but also on the crushing force of the offensive, on letting the enemy know that the cost we will exact for their aggression against us will be unbearable. This is the true foundation of our existence.

The strategic situation has changed a great deal since the Yom Kippur War: we signed peace accords with Egypt and Jordan and we are trying to reach an agreement with the Palestinians. None of this would have happened without our neighbors’ understanding that we cannot be defeated on the battlefield.

We are now in a new era – at the height of an upheaval in our region unprecedented since the establishment of the State. We are faced with new threats – missiles, cyber warfare and weapons of mass destruction. We hope that the understandings reached between the United States and Russia regarding Syrian chemical weapons will bear fruit and that they be judged by their results – the full destruction of all chemical weapons stores held by the Syrian regime, weapons it has used against its own civilians.

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We must also judge the results of the efforts of the international community to stop Iran’s nuclear armament. Here as well, it is not words that will determine the outcome, but rather actions and results. In any case, Israel must be ready and willing to defend itself by itself against any enemy, and this ability and willingness is as important today as ever.

Forty years after the Yom Kippur War, Israel is stronger than ever. At the same time, we remember that the true foundation of our strength was and remains the spirit of our people, the same spirit of the warriors who fell in battle and of those who returned from the war. This is the spirit of an ancient people which returned to its homeland, which holds on to it with all its might and will defend its one and only country with all its brains and courage.

In the days between Yom Kippur and Sukkoth, as we remember the brave soldiers who died defending us, we bow our heads and find comfort in the words of the prophet Amos:

“On that day I will raise up the fallen shelter of David; I will repair their breaches and raise up its ruins, and I will build it up as in days of old.”

May the memories of the fallen be blessed

Full Text Israel Political Brief September 15, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu & US Secretary of State John Kerry’s Remarks after their Meeting on Syria, Iran & the Peace Talks – דברי ראש הממשלה נתניהו ומזכיר המדינה של ארה”ב ג’ון קרי בסיום פגישתם בירושלים

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                           דברי ראש הממשלה נתניהו ומזכיר המדינה של ארה”ב ג’ון קרי בסיום פגישתם בירושלים

Source: PMO, 9-15-13
יום ראשון י”א תשרי תשע”ד

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary Of State John Kerry speak to the press in Jerusalem. Sunday, September 15, 2013 (photo credit: Emil Salman/Pool/Flash90)

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ראש הממשלה נתניהו: אדוני המזכיר, ג’ון,

לעונג הוא לי לקבל את פניך בירושלים.

אני מעריך מאוד את העובדה שאתה נמצא כאן היום.  דברים רבים מונחים על שולחנך, ולמרות לוח הזמנים הצפוף שלך, פינית את הזמן כדי להגיע לירושלים. אנו מעריכים זאת מאוד.  אני מעריך את העובדה שאתה עושה מאמץ אישי נחרץ כדי לטפל בנושאים חיוניים בעלי חשיבות אסטרטגית לכולנו.

אנו עוקבים מקרוב ותומכים במאמציך המתמשכים לפרק את סוריה מנשקה הכימי. יש לפרק את המשטר הסורי מכל הנשק הכימי שברשותו, דבר שיהפוך את האזור לבטוח הרבה יותר. העולם חייב להבטיח שמשטרים קיצוניים לא יחזיקו בנשק להשמדה המונית, משום שכפי שנוכחנו לדעת שוב בסוריה, אם משטרים אפלים מחזיקים בנשק להשמדה המונית, הם יעשו בו שימוש.

הנחישות שהקהילה הבינלאומית תפגין ביחס לסוריה תשפיע באופן ישיר על המשטר שנותן לה חסות, איראן.

איראן חייבת להבין את ההשלכות של ההתעלמות המתמשכת שלה מהקהילה הבינלאומית בהמשך חתירתה להשגת נשק גרעיני.

הימים האחרונים הראו לנו משהו שאני אומר זה זמן רב – כדי שלדיפלומטיה יהיה סיכוי כלשהו לפעול, היא חייבת להיות מלווה באיום צבאי אמין.

מה שנכון לגבי סוריה, נכון לגבי איראן.

ג’ון, אני מעריך את ההזדמנות שהייתה לנו לשוחח איתך באריכות על שאיפתנו לשלום והמשך השיחות עם הפלסטינים. שנינו יודעים כי הדרך אינה קלה, אולם יצאנו לדרך הזאת יחד איתך במטרה להצליח וכדי להגיע לפיוס היסטורי בין הישראלים והפלסטינים שישים קץ לסכסוך אחת ולתמיד.

שוב, ברוך הבא לירושלים, ג’ון, ואני מבטיח לכול אלה שרואים אותנו כאן שיהיו עוד פגישות ארוכות בינינו.

מזכיר המדינה של ארה”ב ג’ון קרי: אדוני ראש הממשלה, חברי ביבי, תודה רבה על הברכות החמות שלך כאן.  אני מעריך אותן מאוד ושמח מאוד לבקר שוב בישראל ומצטער רק על כך שביקורי קצר.  אני מודה לך על האירוח הנדיב ואני מסכים עם דבריך שהדרך לפנינו לא קלה.  אם היא הייתה קלה, הייתם משיגים שלום לפני זמן רב.  אבל מה שברור יותר מאי פעם כיום הוא שזאת הדרך ששווה ללכת בה ולכן העונג הוא לי לבלות זמן רב עם ראש הממשלה היום ולשוחח בעומק לגבי האתגרים המונחים לאורך הדרך הזאת.

הפגישה הזאת באה בעקבות פגישה מוצלחת שערכתי בלונדון שבוע שעבר עם הנשיא עבאס ולכן אני מדבר ישירות עם שני הנשיאים כפי שסיכמנו.

ראש הממשלה נתניהו:  אל תעלה אותי לדרגת הנשיא.

ג’ון קרי: נשיא? ראש הממשלה והנשיא!  אני מבקש סליחה.

ראש הממשלה נתניהו: אינני יוכל להגיע לרמות כאלו ואני מעריך את הנשיא פרס מאוד.

ג’ון קרי: לשני המנהיגים.  אני מדבר ישירות עם שני המנהיגים ואני חושב שכולם מבינים את המטרה שלשמה אנו פועלים.  מדובר בשתי מדינות שמתקיימות זו לצד זו בשלום ובביטחון.  שתי מדינות משום שמדובר בשני עמים גאים, שלכל אחד מהם מגיעה הזדמנות להגשים את שאיפתם הלאומית הלגיטימית למולדת משלו ושתי מדינות משום שהיום, בזמן שאנחנו מציינים 40 שנה למלחמת יום הכיפורים, לדעתי זה מזכיר לכולם באופן מובהק את מחיר הסכסוך והמחיר שישראלים שילמו בשאיפתם לביטחון ולזהות.

ראש הממשלה ואנוכי, יחד עם כל הצדדים שמעורבים, הסכמנו לא לדבר על הפרטים באף שלב בתהליך.  אנו מאמינים שהדרך הטובה ביותר לנסות ולקבל את ההחלטות הקשות שעלינו לקבל היא בפרטיות, ולהיות בטוחים שכולם יכבדו תהליך זה.  משום שביקשתי מכל הצדדים להתנהל כך, אין בכוונתי לפעול אחרת עכשיו או בכל זמן אחר.  לא נדבר בפומבי על מהות הדברים שאנחנו עושים.

אני כן רוצה להתייחס, כפי שעשה ראש הממשלה, לאתגר העומד בפני האזור ולמה שעשינו בימים האחרונים במשא ומתן שהתנהל בג’נבה.  כפי שציין ראש הממשלה, מדובר בנושא שמשפיע באופן ישיר על יציבות האזור כולו ובסופו של דבר, הנשק להשמדה המונית שעומד על הפרק מהווה אתגר לכל מי שחי על כדור הארץ.  מדובר בנושא ברמה עולמית וניסינו להתמקד על זה בשיחות שהיו בג’נבה בימים האחרונים.  אנחנו רוצים שאנשים יבינו בדיוק מה אנחנו מנסים להשיג וכיצד.

לסכסוך המתמשך בסוריה השלכות רבות על כל שכניה – הגל של פליטים, העובדה שהמשטר השתמש בנשק להשמדה המונית נגד אזרחיו.  מדובר בפשעים נגד האנושות ואסור לנו להשלים עם זה.  הם מאיימים על היכולת של הקהילה הבינלאומית לחיות לפי הסטנדרטים של שלטון החוק ולפי הסטנדרטים הגבוהים ביותר של התנהגות אנושית.  לכן אני רוצה שאנשים יבינו מה הם האלמנטים המרכזיים שעליהם הסכמנו בג’נבה.  מדובר במסגרת, לא בהסכם סופי.  מדובר במסגרת שעל האו”ם כעת להפעיל, אבל זו מסגרת שעליה הסכימו רוסיה וארצות הברית ויש לה את היכולת המלאה, כפי שציין ראש הממשלה, לפרוק את סוריה מכל הנשק הכימי שלה.  הרוסים הסכימו.  הם הצהירו שמשטר אסאד הסכים בתוך שבוע להודיע על מיקומו של הנשק וכמותו. ואז נבצע – או מה שאנחנו מקווים לבצע באמצעות האו”ם, עם הסכמתן של רוסיה וארצות הברית, הוא ניסיון מרחיק לכת לפירוק מנשק, אפילו מעבר לתנאי האמנה למניעת נשק כימי.

מידת האפקטיביות תהיה באותה מידה של הביצוע, והנשיא אובמה  הבהיר שאיום השימוש בכוח עומד בעינו אם יהיה צורך להשיג זאת.  איום הכוח אמיתי ועל משטרו של אסאד וכל הצדדים הנוגעים בדבר להבין שהנשיא אובמה וארצות הברית מחויבים להשיג מטרה זו.  אסור שתהיינה מילים ריקות מתוכן כשמדובר בהתנהלות בעניינים בינלאומיים כי זה משפיע על נושאים רבים נוספים, בין אם מדובר באיראן, בצפון קוריאה או כל מקום אחר.

ניסחנו עקרונות ליבה בכל הקשור לפירוק מנשק מסוג זה ובלימת נשק מסוג זה, וכפי שכתבנו במסמך, אנו רוצים להשיגם בצורה המהירה והאפקטיבית ביותר.  אם נעשה זאת, מדובר בהצבת סטנדרד להתנהלות בכל הקשור לאיראן ולצפון קוריאה ולכל משטר או קבוצה שיפעל להשיג נשק מסוג זה.

עקרונות הליבה יזכו לתמיכה המלאה של הקהילה הבינלאומית באמצעות מועצת הביטחון של האו”ם ורוסיה הסכימה לכך שכל הפרה במילוי הדרישות על פי הסטנדרטים המוצגים באמנה למניעת נשק כימי, כל הפרה בפרטים של הסכם זה או כל שימוש בנשק כימי על ידי כל קבוצה בסוריה יוביל לדיווח מיידי למועצת הביטחון של האו”ם ופעולה על ידיה בהתאם לצעדים המוגדרים בסעיף 7, כולל כל פעולה עד לאפשרות הכוח הצבאי.  לכן אני חוזר ואומר: נשיא ארצות הברית תמיד העדיף את הדרך הדיפלומטית ולדעתי הדרך המועדפת על ידי כל אומה שוחררת שלום היא הדיפלומטית אבל אל תטעו: לא הורדנו אף אופציה מהשולחן.  הנשיא אובמה היה ברור לחלוטין שהאפשרות לשימוש בכוח צבאי עומדת בעינה אם משטר אסאד לא יעמוד בדרישות ויסרב למלא את חלקו משום שהשימוש השערורייתי בנשק כימי על ידי משטר אסאד נגד בני אמו – גברים, נשים וילדים חפים מפשע שנרצחו באישון לילה, ללא אבחנה, לא מקובל בעליל והצהרנו באופן ברור לאסור שאסור שזה יקרה שוב.  המדינה שלכם מבינה את המילים “לעולם לא עוד” יותר טוב מכל מדינה אחרת.

אני בקשר עם מספר רב של עמיתיי: עם מזכיר החוץ של בריטניה הייג, עם שר החוץ הצרפתי לורן פביוס.  שיתוף הפעולה שלהם בנושאים אלה חיוני ואראה את שניהם מחר, יחד עם שר החוץ התורכי דבוטוגלו שאראה בפריס, שם אפגוש גם את שר החוץ מערב הסעודית, סעוד על-פייסל.  נשוחח על הדרך להשיג את מטרותינו.  כעת נעביר את תשומת ליבנו ומאמצינו להסדיר את האיסור לנשק כימי במועצת הביטחון של האו”מ.  הקהילה הבינלאומית מצפה ממשטר אסאד למלא אחר התחייבויותיו ואנו מצפים מרוסיה להצטרף עלינו לחייב את סוריה לתת דין וחשבון.

ברצוני להבהיר שהמאמץ לא מוגבל לפירוק מנשק כימי בסוריה. לא מדובר אך ורק בקו אדום שהציב העולם לפני מאה שנה, קו אדום שראוי לאכוף.  אנו חייבים להישאר מרוכזים במאמצינו לשים קץ לאלימות, לשים קץ לרצח ללא אבחנה, לשים קץ להיווצרות של יותר ויותר פליטים.  כל אלה לא רק קורעים את סוריה לגזרים, אלא מאיימים על האזור כולו.

כפי שהצהיר הנשיא אובמה וכפי שאמרתי פעמים רבות, אין פתרון צבאי לסכסוך הזה.  אין ברצוננו לייצר עוד ועוד קבוצות קיצוניות ואין ברצוננו לראות את קריסתה של מדינת סוריה.  המטרה הכללית שלנו היא למצוא פתרון פוליטי דרך הדיפלומטיה.  זה יקרה רק בשולחן המשא ומתן ונמשיך לפעול עם תחושת דחיפות.  אני אומר לאופוזיציה הסורית ולכל האנשים בסוריה שמבינים שהוצאת הנשק הכימי אינו מספיק: אנחנו מכירים בכך ולא נעצור רק בזה.  אולם מדובר בצעד קדימה וזה מוציא נשק מסוג זה ממחסן הנשק של אדם שהוכיח שהוא מוכן לעשות הכול לעם שלו כדי לשמור על כוחו.

שר החוץ לברוב ואנוכי נפגשנו עם שליח המיוחד איברהימי אתמול.  נפגש שוב ביו-יורק.  אנו מחויבים להמשיך ולפעול לקראת ג’נבה שתים והבהרנו שתמיכתנו באופוזיציה ומאמצינו יימשכו בלי הפוגה.

לכן אדוני ראש הממשלה, אני יודע ששנינו מבינים היטב את האתגרים העומדים בפנינו.  אנו זקוקים לנחישות והחלטיות להמשיך במאמצינו, לקבל את ההחלטות הקשות – החלטות קשות לגבי פירוק מנשק להשמדה המונית והחלטות קשות לגבי השלום בין ישראל לבין הפלסטינים.  נמשיך להתמקד במטרה.  אני יודע זאת מהשיחה שלי היום עם ראש הממשלה ואני סבור ששנינו מחויבים עמוקות ואנו מקווים שיחד עם שותפינו באזור נמשיך לעשות כמיטב יכולתנו להביא את מסע זה לעבר לשלום לסיומו.

תודה רבה, אדוני ראש הממשלה.

Israel Brief September 15, 2013: Hundreds injured, fainted over Yom Kippur

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Hundreds injured, fainted over Yom Kippur

Source: JTA, 9-15-13

More than 200 Israeli children were injured in bicycle-related accidents in Israel on Yom Kippur….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 15, 2013: US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel, says Syria weapons deal sets standard for Iran

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Kerry, in Israel, says Syria weapons deal sets standard for Iran

Source: JTA, 9-15-13

JIM HOLLANDER / POOL/EPA – Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after a meeting on the Syrian conflict Sunday in Jerusalem.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S.-Russian deal on the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons also will have an impact on Iran and that the threat of force still remains….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 15, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Discusses Syria Arms Deal at Yom Kippur War 40th Anniversary Ceremony

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Netanyahu: Efforts to disarm Syria, stop nuclear Iran will be judged by results

Source: Haaratz, 9-15-13

In address at memorial marking 40 years since Yom Kippur War, Netanyahu also says Syria deal must yield ‘complete destruction’ of chemical weapons arsenal.

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President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister MosheYa’alon at a ceremony marking 40 years since the Yom Kippur War. Photo by Noam Moshkovitz

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President Shimon Peres speaking at a memorial marking 40 years since the Yom Kippur War. Photo by Noam Moshkovitz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel hoped a U.S.-Russian deal to remove Syria’s chemical weapons would result in the “complete destruction” of the arsenal, and urged the international community to apply the same efforts to destroying Iran’s nuclear program.

“We hope the understandings reached between the United States and Russia regarding the Syrian chemical weapons will yield results,” he said in a speech at a memorial ceremony for Israeli soldiers killed in the 1973 Yom Kippur War….READ MORE

Israel Brief September 13, 2013: Medics on high alert as Israel prepares to fast during a heat wave

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Medics on high alert as Israel prepares to fast during a heat wave

Source: Haaretz , 9-13-13

Medics on high alert as Israel prepares to fast during a heat wave. IDF places West Bank under closure; airport to shut down until Saturday night; resuscitation equipment in some synagogues….READ MORE

Israel Brief September 12, 2013: The Yom Kippur War: Forty Years Later

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The Yom Kippur War: Forty Years Later

Source: Chabad.org, 9-12-13

In the summer of 1973, weeks before the surprise outbreak of the Yom Kippur War, the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, urgently requested that thousands of Jewish children gather at the Western Wall and other locations across….READ MORE

Israel Brief September 12, 2013: Minor earthquake rocks Jerusalem

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Minor earthquake rocks Jerusalem

Source: JTA, 9-12-13

A minor earthquake rocked Jerusalem and the Dead Sea….READ MORE

Jewish Brief September 11, 2013: 10 things you probably don’t know about Yom Kippur

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10 things you probably don’t know about Yom Kippur

Source: Haaretz, 9-11-13

Detail from 'Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur'

Detail from ‘Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur,’ by Maurycy Gottlieb, 1878. Photo by Wikimedia Commons

You may go to synagogue every Yom Kippur and have fasted religiously since you were knee-high to a Torah scroll, but do you really know the history of this holiest of days?…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 10, 2013: Israeli officials skeptical of Russian proposal on Syrian chemical weapons

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Israeli officials skeptical of Russian proposal on Syrian chemical weapons

Source: JTA, 9-10-13

Israeli officials said a Russian proposal to place Syrian chemical weapons under international control gives Syria a reprieve from a retaliatory strike….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 10, 2013: Palestinian official: Kerry guaranteed 1967 lines for peace talks

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Palestinian official: Kerry guaranteed 1967 lines for peace talks

Source: JTA, 9-10-13

A senior Palestinian official said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry “guaranteed in writing” that Israeli-Palestinian peace talks would start with the 1967 lines….READ MORE

Israel Brief September 9, 2013: IDF Seminar Marks 40th Anniversary of Yom Kippur War

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IDF Seminar Marks 40th Anniversary of Yom Kippur War

Source: Arutz Sheva, 9-9-13

A seminar was held today (Monday) to mark the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. The event, which was hosted by the Military Colleges at the Palmachim base was attended by President Shimon Peres, Minister of Defense Moshe (Boogie) Yaalon….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 8, 2013: EU sending diplomats to Israel to talk about new settlement guidelines

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EU sending diplomats to Israel to talk about new settlement guidelines

Source: JTA, 9-8-13

The European Union will send to Israel a diplomatic team to talk to Israeli officials about implementing the EU’s new settlement guidelines….READ MORE

Israel Musings September 3, 2013: Israeli-Palestinian peace talks continue this week in secrecy & little progress

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Israeli-Palestinian peace talks continue this week in secrecy & little progress

By Bonnie K. Goodman

On Sept. 1, 2013, Nabil Sha’ath, a senior Palestinian leader leaked to Israel Radio that Israel and the Palestinians met the evening before, Saturday Aug. 31, 2013 for the fifth peace talks meeting. The next day on Sept…

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Israel Brief September 2, 2013: Israel’s population grows slightly to 8.081 million

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Israel’s population grows slightly to 8.081 million

Source: JTA, 9-2-13

The population in Israel rose to 8.081 million — 148,000 more than on the eve of Rosh Hashanah a year ago….READ MORE 

Israel Political Brief September 2, 2013: US Envoy Martin Indyk has attended Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, new meeting scheduled

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Indyk has attended Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, new meeting scheduled

Source: JTA, 9-2-13

The U.S. envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has attended a negotiating session, the U.S. State Department said, in advance of a scheduled meeting….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 2, 2013: Israeli, Palestinian negotiation teams to meet on Tuesday

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Israeli, Palestinian negotiation teams to meet on Tuesday

Source: Haaretz, 9-2-13

The meeting in Jerusalem will be the sixth in this round of negotiations, which are held under a heavy veil of secrecy….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 1, 2013: Finance Minister Yair Lapid Adds Reform Judaism to ‘Jewish Identity’

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Lapid Adds Reform Judaism to ‘Jewish Identity’

Source: Arutz Sheva, 9-1-13

There was a heated debate in Cabinet on Sunday morning as Finance Minister Yair Lapid surprised the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party with a new demand: Include the Reform and Conservative Jewish movements in a government initiative for “Jewish Identity”….READ MORE

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