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PM Netanyahu's Remarks at the Start of his Meeting with US President Barack Obama

05/03/2012
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today made the following remarks at the start of his meeting with US President Barack Obama:

"The alliance between our two countries is deeply appreciated by me and by everyone in Israel.  And I think that, as you said, when Americans look around the Middle East today, they see one reliable, stable, faithful ally of the United States, and that's the democracy of Israel.


Americans know that Israel and the United States share common values, that we defend common interests, that we face common enemies.  Iran's leaders know that, too.  For them, you're the Great Satan, we're the Little Satan.  For them, we are you and you're us.  And you know something, Mr. President – at least on this last point, I think they're right.  We are you, and you are us.  We're together.  So if there's one thing that stands out clearly in the Middle East today, it's that Israel and America stand together.

I think that above and beyond that are two principles, longstanding principles of American policy that you reiterated yesterday in your speech – that Israel must have the ability always to defend itself by itself against any threat; and that when it comes to Israel's security, Israel has the right, the sovereign right to make its own decisions.  I believe that's why you appreciate, Mr. President, that Israel must reserve the right to defend itself.

And after all, that's the very purpose of the Jewish state – to restore to the Jewish people control over our destiny.  And that's why my supreme responsibility as Prime Minister of Israel is to ensure that Israel remains the master of its fate."

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