Benjamin Netanyahu Quotes

 

I can tell you one thing, Iran is closer to developing nuclear weapons today than it was a week ago, or a month ago or a year ago. It’s just moving on with its efforts.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Certainly the international community is putting a lot of pressure on Iran and making clear that its nuclear program must stop. If it stops with the sanctions, the combinations of sanctions, diplomacy, other pressures, I, as the prime minister of Israel, will be the happiest person in the world.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

But so far, you know who’s been violating the nuclear nonproliferation pact day and night? Those who signed it. Iran, Iraq, Libya and Iran violates it while calling for Israel’s destruction and racing to develop atomic weapons to that end.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

First of all, Arafat is wrong. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, will never be divided, and will remain the capital of the State of Israel, the capital of the Jewish people, for ever and ever.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

There’s no one in Israel who appreciates more than me the importance of American support for Israel.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

The Iranian acquisition of nuclear weapons would be infinitely more costly than any scenario you can imagine to stop it.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

I think that peace will require two states, a Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Now, when we say we want peace, what we want is really for our Palestinian neighbours to have a demilitarized state next to us that recognizes the Jewish State. We’re willing to recognize their state, the Palestinian state. But we ask them to recognize the Jewish state.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Why are we talking about talking? Why negotiating about negotiating? It’s very simple. If you want to get to peace, put all your preconditions on the side, sit down opposite a table, not in a studio, by the way.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

We don’t point a pistol at our own forehead. That is not the way to conduct negotiations.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

I don’t think you can rely on Iran. I don’t think you can rely on other radicals like the Taliban. They dispatched Al Qaida to bomb New York and Washington. What were they thinking? Were they that stupid? They weren’t stupid. There is an irrationality there, and there is madness in this method.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon now presides over the UN Security Council. This means, in effect, that a terror organization presides over the body entrusted with guaranteeing the world’s security. You couldn’t make this thing up.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

You don’t have people chanting ‘Death to America’ in Israel.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

I don’t want to govern the Palestinians. I don’t want them as subjects of Israel or as citizens of Israel. I want them to have their own independent state but a demilitarized state.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Those in the international community that refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

We’re willing to make difficult and hard decisions and compromises to live in peace with our neighbours, but we’re entitled to our own country where Jews from around the world can come here, just as Palestinians from around the world can come to the Palestinian state.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Our policy is very simple. The Jewish state was set up to defend Jewish lives, and we always reserve the right to defend ourselves.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

I often hear them accuse Israel of Judaizing Jerusalem. That’s like accusing America of Americanizing Washington, or the British of Anglicizing London. You know why we’re called ‘Jews’? Because we come from Judea.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

You can only end a negotiation for peace if you begin it.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

You can’t end negotiations unless you begin them. And you can’t begin them if you continually negotiate about the terms to begin negotiations.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Some will criticize me no matter what I do.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

I am certain that I speak on behalf of my entire nation when I say: September 11th we are all Americans – in grief, as in defiance.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

There is a fundamental situation in which the country has reached rock bottom, that a mother can’t send her children out of the house in the morning. The country has reached rock bottom and this needs to be changed.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

I’m a proud member of the rabble.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

I think that a strong Israel is the only Israel that will bring the Arabs to the peace table.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

I always lose the election in the polls, and I always win it on election day.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

The Obama presidency has two great missions: fixing the economy, and preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

The Israeli government has proved over the past year its commitment to peace, both in words and deeds. By contrast, the Palestinians are posing preconditions for renewing the diplomatic process in a way they have not done over the course of 16 years.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

As far as a nuclear weapons-free zone, you know, when the lion lies down with the lamb, and you don’t need a new lamb every day to satisfy the lion, then we might have this kind of transformation in the Middle East.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

So I think we should stay focused on the real problem in the Middle East. It’s not Israel. It’s these dictatorships that are developing nuclear weapons with the specific goal of wiping Israel away.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

The Palestinians want a state, but they have to give peace in return. What they’re trying to do in the United Nations is to get a state without giving Israel peace or giving Israel peace and security. And I think that’s, that’s wrong. That should not succeed. That should, that should fail.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

You know, I said in the U.N., I said to President Abbas, ‘Look, we’re in the same city, we’re in the same building, for God’s sake, the U.N. Let’s just sit down and begin to talk peace.’

— Benjamin Netanyahu

And by the way, a piece of news, Israel is the one country in which everyone is pro-American, opposition and coalition alike. And I represent the entire people of Israel who say, ‘Thank you, America.’ And we’re friends of America, and we’re the only reliable allies of America in the Middle East.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

I say that to my colleagues, by the way, in the internal Cabinet meetings, I say, ‘Look, I want to be very clear about what I want.’ I just – I don’t want a peace process, I want a peace result.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Well, this is an unfortunate part of the UN institution. It’s the – the theater of the absurd. It doesn’t only cast Israel as the villain; it often casts real villains in leading roles: Gadhafi’s Libya chaired the UN Commission on Human Rights; Saddam’s Iraq headed the UN Committee on Disarmament.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

President Abbas, you’ve dedicated your life to advancing the Palestinian cause. Must this conflict continue for generations, or will we enable our children and our grandchildren to speak in years ahead of how we found a way to end it? That’s what we should aim for, and that’s what I believe we can achieve.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

In my office in Jerusalem, there’s an ancient seal. It’s a signet ring of a Jewish official from the time of the Bible. The seal was found right next to the Western Wall, and it dates back 2,700 years, to the time of King Hezekiah. Now, there’s a name of the Jewish official inscribed on the ring in Hebrew. His name was Netanyahu.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

My first name, Benjamin, dates back a thousand years earlier to Benjamin – Binyamin – the son of Jacob, who was also known as Israel. Jacob and his 12 sons roamed these same hills of Judea and Sumeria 4,000 years ago, and there’s been a continuous Jewish presence in the land ever since.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

I’m the prime minister who removed 400 checkpoints, barriers, road-blocks and so on to facilitate the growth of the Palestinian economy.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

You know, I’m just not going to get into American politics.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

The relationship between Israel and the United States is a bond of – it’s just a very powerful bond. It was, it is, and will be and will continue to be.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

My level of intervention in the press, trying to control stories, is zero. Subzero.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

I’ve been right more than I’ve been wrong.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

I’m not naturally manipulative.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

I’m not consumed with political machinations.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

The greatest threat facing humanity is a radical Islamist regime meeting up with nuclear weapons.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Populism is dangerous.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

The right combination is between a free economy and social policy that addresses the needs of society and creates equal opportunity.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

The State of Israel can be proud of what we’re doing.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

The rules of engagement have become so rigid that governments often straightjacket themselves in the face of unambiguous aggression.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

The application of military force, or the prospect of such application, inhibits terrorist violence.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

The purpose of the Jewish state is to secure the Jewish future. That is why Israel must always have the ability to defend itself, against any threat.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel produces more conceptual products than any other country.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel has, enjoys bipartisan support – both Democrats and Republicans – and we extend bipartisan hospitality to both Democrats and Republicans.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel is so tiny. It’s, you know, a little less than the length of Manhattan, without the West Bank, without Judea and Samaria.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

I will say that I think Israel enjoys strong bipartisan support in the United States. It’s really above and beyond American politics.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

I don’t think Israel can accept an Iranian terror base next to its major cities any more than the United States could accept an al Qaeda base next to New York City.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

If we accept the notion that terrorists will have immunity because as they fire on civilians they hide behind civilians, then this tactic will be legitimized and the terrorists will have their greatest victory.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Most of the approaches to peace between Israel and the Palestinians, have been directed at trying to resolve the most complex problems, like refugees and Jerusalem, which is akin to building the pyramid from the top down.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Peace is purchased from strength. It’s not purchased from weakness or unilateral retreats.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel has always been pro-American. Israel will always be pro-American.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Peace is something very dear. If you’ve been through wars and operations and battles, you want peace.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

There’s an abiding interest by the United States, by the American people, and by anybody with his eyes set in his head, to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

We want Israel as a democratic and Jewish state. So you have to maintain a Jewish majority, and you want to do that by legal means, by democratic means.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

I think placing preconditions before negotiations is the quickest way to undermine peace.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

The world should be very clear about making sure that Iran does not get nuclear weapons, period.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Both peoples, both nations, deserve a nation-state of their own. Palestinians, if they wish so, will go to the Palestinian state; Jews, if they so wish, can go to the Jewish state. And we’ll have to have security and demilitarization agreements between us.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

The U.S. has a stronger military than Israel, but, but don’t short-change Israel, either. Don’t short-change them.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

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