I didn't read your remark as suppressing the Arab vote

NPR's Interview With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

canada goose store RENEE MONTAGNE: We are going to listen carefully now as Benjamin Netanyahu canada goose outlet store montreal explains his views of Middle East peace. Israel's prime minister provoked anger from President Obama and others. He did with remarks during this week's election. canada goose store

STEVE INSKEEP: Netanyahu came on the line from Jerusalem to discuss his party's victory.

cheap Canada Goose SI: Security, the issue he emphasized in the Israeli campaign's last days. Just before election day, the prime minister said he would not allow a Palestinian state alongside Israel. canada goose outlet store uk He was appealing to voters canada goose outlet online uk in what Israelis call their right wing. It was awkward because American presidents from both parties have supported canada goose outlet boston a canada goose clothing uk Palestinian state for years. In our talk the prime minister navigated between the demands of his voters and the White House. He said he did not mean his remarks in the way many people understood them. cheap Canada Goose

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buy canada goose jacket N: Well, actually, what I said was that under the present circumstances, I said today it's unachievable because I had laid out very clearly what my conditions were for a two state solution in the 2009 speech I gave at Bar Ilan University. And I haven't changed; I haven't retracted that speech, at all. I said that the implementation of that vision is not relevant right now because of two things. buy canada goose jacket

SI: Oh, the unity government that they tried to put together.

Canada Goose Jackets N: Well, they're still in it. And the Hamas fired thousands of rockets at Israel's cities. And second, the dramatic changes that have occurred in the last canada goose outlet uk sale few years in the region has brought the rise of militant Islam in any territory that is being vacated. By the canada goose outlet hong kong way, that's true of Iraq and Syria, with ISIS, as it's true of us, in Gaza. We vacated and we didn't get peace. We got, in fact, an Iranian backed terrorist enclave that is using the territory for launching pads against us. I think right now in the immediate future it doesn't hold until we correct these things. Canada Goose Jackets

SI: You said in this interview you were asked, "Are you saying if you are prime minister, a Palestinian state will not be created." Your answer was, "Indeed." Are you saying now that it is possible during this term as prime minister that there could be circumstances.

N: I said the conditions have to change. I said that I don't think that these things hold today but I think the conditions have to change. You know, I don't want a one state solution. But I certainly don't want a zero state solution, a no state solution, where Israel's very existence would be jeopardized. And that's what the people of Israel overwhelmingly canada goose uk elected me to do.

Canada Goose Outlet SI: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was speaking yesterday afternoon. It was official canada goose outlet not his only call to Washington yesterday. He also spoke with President Obama and they discussed the same subjects we're hearing now. The two canada goose outlet los angeles leaders talked of a Palestinian state. And whatever Netanyahu said, a White House official did not seem satisfied. officials have spoken of scaling back diplomatic protection of Israel. Until now, the United States has typically blocked United Nations resolutions canada goose outlet us against Israel. President Obama also brought up the many Arabs who live inside Israel and that is the next subject of our interview. Canada Goose Outlet

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N: Well, actually, I was talking about the mobilization of specific communities for a specific party. It's bizarre lines of Islamists and anti Israel forces who are trying to topple my government. So I wasn't trying to block anyone from voting. I was trying to mobilize my own forces. And that mobilization was based on Arab money sorry, on foreign money, a lot of foreign money that was coming in. I want to tell you that Israel is a democracy and every citizen is automatically registered to vote. There's a commitment in our canada goose outlet sale declaration of independence, guaranteed under Israel's law, that all our citizens, Arab and Jews, alike, have the right to vote.

SI: I want to be clear, Prime Minister. I was in Israel during the election campaign. It is a democracy; it was a very free and open debate. I didn't read your remark as suppressing the Arab vote. I read it as a warning that you were afraid that Arabs were going to flood the polls. Are you in some way suspicious of Arabs who are citizens of your country?

Canada Goose sale N: No. In fact, I had a meeting 10 days ago with Arab Likud canada goose outlet online store supporters, and we got quite a few votes, by the way, from them. I have invested billions, billions, in my last two governments in trying to close the gaps, social gaps, infrastructure, education, in the Arab communities in Israel. I'm proud that I did that, I'm going to do that again, I'm committed to that. I'm the prime minister of all of Israel's citizens, Jews and Arabs, alike. Canada Goose sale

canada goose clearance sale SI: Will there be significant fence mending that you need to do now, Prime Minister, given the way your remarks were taken? canada goose clearance sale

canada goose N: Well, I certainly will make sure that everybody understands that I'm the prime minister of all of Israel's citizens, and I really believe that. It's something that my actions have shown. It's not a question of fence mending, it's a question of real belief, and it's there. I don't have to fabricate it. canada goose

SI: I want to ask another question, Prime Minister Netanyahu. While we were reporting in Israel, we heard people in canada goose outlet winnipeg Israel on the left and on the right openly worry about Israel's increasing international isolation, particularly because the conflict with Palestinians has gone on and on and there has not been the establishment of a Palestinian state. How concerned are you about canada goose uk site Israel's international isolation?

Canada Goose Parka N: Well, look. I think that there is a canada goose outlet toronto location misperception. Israel has done enormous amount of, for peace. I myself have done things that no prime minister previously had done. I had frozen the settlements. Nobody did that. And I think, you know, the ones that have to be convinced are not only the international communities, the people of Israel will have to be convinced that the Palestinians are ready for peace. The leaders of Iran, just in the last few days have said that they would arm the West Bank and turn it into another Gaza. What the people of canada goose outlet legit Israel are saying, "Hey, make sure that doesn't happen again." And if that is misperceived in some parts of the international community that's unfortunate, but I think that that's the truth. Canada Goose Parka

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SI: But when I was traveling around the West Bank we saw construction everywhere, construction cranes everywhere. There's plenty of building going on today.

canada goose coats N: Well, first of all, remember that 90 percent, 85 to 90 percent of Israeli citizens in Judea Samaria, in the West Bank, live in clusters, in canada goose outlet in montreal urban blocks. Everybody understands that if we were to have a solution then those blocks would stay in Israel. And that's where you saw these cranes; that's where Israelis live. In the Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem, everybody understands, they will stay. canada goose coats

SI: I saw cranes outside of Jerusalem. I'm thinking of Ariel, for example.

N: Those are, well, the blocks are outside of Jerusalem, that's exactly true. And what I'm saying is that the map is not affected by that. The critical problem we have is not merely where the borders will be but what will be on the other side of the border. Do we walk out and the Islamists walk in, backed by Iran, as happened in Gaza, as happened in Lebanon, as is happening in other parts of the Middle East. They're either backed by Iran or they're backed by al Qaida or, if you will, by ISIS.

SI: You did warn during the campaign, Prime Minister Netanyahu, that if you lost, your opponents would evacuate the settlements. You've been quoted in the past, in going to settlements, and saying that you would not be removing settlements. Are you saying now that you would remove settlements, some of them anyway, as part of a peace deal?

N: I'm saying I don't think that's the obstacle for a peace deal. I don't think it ever was. In effect, if you followed this election, which you may have if you were here.

SI: Sure.

canadian goose jacket N: You'd notice that this issue that you're now asking me was barely engaged across the political spectrum. Why? Because nobody in Israel really believes that you should take positions different from what I've just said. Well, some do, but they're very small canadian goose jacket.

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