Full Text Israel Political Brief March 23, 2015: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Apologizes to Israeli Arabs for Election Day Remarks — Transcript

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PM Benjamin Netanyahu Apologizes to Israeli Arabs for Election Day Remarks

הערב אירחנו, רעייתי שרה ואני, נציגים ממגזרי המיעוטים מכל רחבי הארץ, בבית ראש הממשלה בירושלים. המפגש היה חם ומרגש.

רעייתי פתחה בדברי ברכה: “אנחנו מודים לכם שהגעתם, בית ראש הממשלה הוא הבית של כל אזרחי ישראל”.

אני אמרתי: “אני יודע שהדברים שאמרתי לפני ימים אחדים פגעו בערביי ישראל. לא הייתה לי שום כוונה שכך יהיה. אני מצטער על כך.

“המעשים שלי כראש ממשלה, כולל ההשקעות האדירות במגזרי המיעוטים, מוכיחים את ההפך הגמור. אני חושב, באותה מידה, שאסור ששום גורם מחוץ למדינת ישראל יתערב בתהליכי הדמוקרטיה שלנו.

“אני רואה את עצמי כראש הממשלה של כל אחד ואחד מכם, של כל אזרחי ישראל, ללא שום הבדל של דת, גזע ומין. אני רואה בכל אזרחי ישראל שותפים לבנייתה של מדינת ישראל, משגשגת ובטוחה, למען כל אזרחי ישראל”.

Tonight, my wife Sarah and I’ve hosted, representatives from the minority sectors from all over the country, the Prime Minister’s home in Jerusalem. The meeting was warm and exciting.

My wife opened a greeting said: “We thank you for coming, the Prime Minister’s House is the House of all citizens of Israel.”

I said, “I know what I said a few days ago damaged Israel’s Arabs. I had no intention of it. I’m sorry for that.

“My actions as Prime Minister, including the investment in minority sectors, proves the opposite. I think, equally, not to any customer outside of the State of Israel will intervene in the processes of our democracy.

“I see myself as a Prime Minister of each and every one of you, of all citizens of Israel, without any distinction of religion, race and gender. I see all citizens of Israel share Israel’s deliverance, prosperous and safe, for the benefit of all citizens of Israel. ”

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Source: JTA, 6-11-12
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu injured his leg during a soccer match with Jewish and Arab youth.

Netanyahu pulled a tendon in his leg during the Monday afternoon game in Jerusalem, Walla! News reported.  The prime minister slipped on the grass, rose and continued to play and scored a goal, according to Walla!

Netanyahu’s personal physician, Dr. Tzvi Berkowitz, examined the prime minister and diagnosed the pulled tendon, according to the news website. The injury caused the postponement of a Likud Party meeting.

PM Tears Ligament at Children’s Soccer Game

The prime minister scored a goal, but pulled a tendon in the process – fouling out a Likud Knesset faction meeting as a result.
PM shows off torn ligament

PM shows off torn ligament
Israel news photo: PMO

The prime minister scored a goal, but pulled a tendon in the process – fouling out a Likud Knesset faction meeting as a result.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is as agile as ever on the political field, but not quite as light on his feet on the soccer field.

Taking part Monday afternoon in a Jewish-Arab children’s soccer game, the prime minister missed a swing at the ball after about five minutes of game time.

The game was being held at Jerusalem’s Kraft Stadium, and was staged for Peter Greenberg’s show “The Royal Tour.”

Down he went, straining a tendon in the process.

Photo: GPO

Likud Knesset members canceled their regularly scheduled faction meeting in deference to the injury.

“Today I was playing soccer to promote tourism and to show off the youth and the truly beautiful side of Israel — but I tore a ligament during the game,” Netanyahu explained with a slightly sheepish glance at his foot in a video clip sent a few hours later to media outlets.

“It’s not exactly the Euro,” he kibbitzed, showing off the cast on his left foot. “Tomorrow I will be back at the game as a prime minister,” he added, “to continue in other fields, once again on behalf of the State of Israel.”

PM Netanyahu Participates in Soccer Game Between Jewish and Arab Youth

Source: PMO, 6-11-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this afternoon in Jerusalem, participated in a soccer game between Jewish and Arab youth, in the framework of an international project to promote tourism to Israel.  During the game, the Prime Minister slipped on the field, rose, continued to play and scored a goal.

During a subsequent examination, expert orthopedist Dr. Leon Kaplan diagnosed a suspected tear in one of the Prime Minister’s tendons.  A CT scan at Hadassah-Mt. Scopus Hospital confirmed the diagnosis.  The Prime Minister’s left leg was placed in a cast for several weeks.

Prime Minister Netanyahu returned home and will be back at work at his office tomorrow.

 

Full Text Israel Political Brief March 25, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks / Speech at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

Source: PMO, 3-25-12

Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting today:

“Last weekend there were three murders in the Arab sector.  Reducing crime in the Arab sector is a goal of the Government and it needs to be a goal of the country.  I appreciate the fact that there are increasing voices from within the Arab sector, from its leaders, mayors and citizens, calling for stepped-up law enforcement within Arab communities and villages.  I think that this is an important change.  I add to this my call for enlistment in the civilian service, within which it will also be possible to combine actions for increased law enforcement.  The community can help itself.  The Arab sector can help itself vis-à-vis increased law enforcement by volunteering in the civilian service as well.

Last week I attended a conference that the Government organized on increasing the involvement of Israeli Arabs in Israel’s economic growth.  We spoke there about the steps to involve them in the economy, education, transportation, access to jobs and many other issues.  I think that all of these things are important.  While the Government has invested billions of shekels in moving forward on these goals in the Arab sector, I would like to say that without law enforcement, none of these steps will achieve the goal that we are hoping for and striving toward – i.e. the integration of Israeli Arabs in the State of Israel’s progress.

Alongside all of these actions that we are doing and alongside this partnership, there must also be partnership in enforcing the law.  We will do our part.  I expect a practical response by Arab sector community representatives regarding increased law enforcement in their communities.”

דברי ראש הממשלה בפתח ישיבת הממשלה

יום ראשון ב’ ניסן תשע”ב
בוקר טוב,

בסוף השבוע שעבר בוצעו בתוך יממה שלושה מקרי רצח במגזר הערבי. צמצום הפשיעה במגזר הערבי זה יעד של הממשלה והוא צריך להיות יעד של המדינה. אני מעריך את העובדה שעולים קולות מתוך המגזר עצמו, מתוך מנהיגיו, ראשי הערים ואזרחים שקוראים להגברת האכיפה של החוק בתוך היישובים והכפרים הערביים. אני חושב שזה שינוי חשוב. אני מוסיף לזה את הקריאה שלי להתגייסות לשירות האזרחי, שבתוכו ניתן גם לשלב פעולות להגברת אכיפת החוק. הקהילה יכולה לעזור לעצמה. המגזר הערבי יכול לעזור לעצמו באכיפה חזקה יותר של החוק, גם באמצעות פעולות התנדבות בשירות האזרחי.

בשבוע שעבר השתתפתי בוועידה שהממשלה ארגנה, להגברת השותפות של ערביי ישראל בצמיחה של כלכלת ישראל. דיברנו שם על צעדים לשיתופם בפיתוח כלכלי, בחינוך, בתחבורה, נגישות למקומות תעסוקה ונושאים רבים אחרים. אני חושב שכל הדברים האלה הם חשובים. הממשלה השקיעה מיליארדי שקלים כדי לקדם את היעדים האלה במגזר הערבי, אבל אני רוצה לומר, שללא אכיפת חוק, כל הצעדים הללו לא ישיגו את היעד שאנחנו מייחלים לו ופועלים למענו – כלומר, שילוב של ערביי ישראל בקדמה של מדינת ישראל.

לצד כל המעשים הללו שאנחנו עושים ולצד כל השותפות הזאת, חייבת להיות שותפות גם באכיפת החוק. אנחנו נפעל מהצד שלנו. אני מצפה להיענות מעשית מנציגי הציבור של המגזר הערבי להגברת אכיפת החוק ביישוביהם.

תודה רבה.

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