Netanyahu gave Obama a schooling in his remarks today, some of which people never thought he would need to utter. He talked about how they cannot, will not go back to the 1967 borders because those borders would be indefensible. He also talked about how the Palestinian refugee problem must be solved in the context of a Palestinian state, but not within the borders of Israel. He made it clear that’s not going to happen.
But here’s my favorite quote:
We’ve been around for almost four thousand years. We’ve experienced struggle and suffering like no other people. We’ve gone through expulsions, pogroms and massacres and the murder of millions.
But I can say that even at the dearth, even at the nadir of the valley of death, we never lost hope and we never lost our dream of reestablishing a sovereign state in our ancient homeland, the land of Israel.
And now it falls on my shoulders as the Prime Minister of Israel, at a time of extraordinary instability and uncertainty in the middle east to work with you and fashion a peace that will ensure Israel’s security and will not jeopardize it’s survival.