September 23rd, 2011
01:43 PM ET

Israel's Netanyahu: 'Peace must be anchored in security'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' address to the United Nations General Assembly, tells the same body that  says Israel has been "singled out for condemnation" more often than "all the nations of the world combined."

"The truth is Israel wants peace," he said. But "peace must be anchored in security."

Netanyahu said Palestinians' application for U.N. membership should be rejected because Israel and the Palestinians need to clinch a peace deal first, and that, he said, can only be reached through negotiation for a two-state solution that recognizes Israel as a Jewish state.

Palestinians must "first make peace with Israel, and then get their state."

After a peace agreement is signed, Israel will not be the last country to welcome Palestinians as a full member of the U.N., but the first.

He said prior Israeli concessions did not "calm the militant Islamic storm that threatens us," and that the concessions only brought militants "closer to us."

Earlier Friday, Abbas submitted Palestinians' application for full U.N. membership. The United States has pledged to veto the application should a vote occur in the body's Security Council.

The United States, however, would not be able to veto any Palestinian effort to go before the General Assembly, rather than the Security Council, to gain a lesser-than-full-member status: that of "permanent observer state."

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  1. lider


    October 20, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. M. James

    The inverse is true, Mr. Netanyahu. "Security must be anchored in peace!"

    October 24, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
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