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“We are at the start of a significant diplomatic period for the State of Israel. This afternoon I am leaving for Britain in order to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. I will discuss with them how to deepen bilateral diplomatic, security, economic and technological ties, including cooperation in the field of cyber. In the diplomatic sphere, I intend to emphasize the need for a common front against Iran’s defiant aggression which has raised its head in recent days. This must be done on an ongoing basis, but especially in light of Iran’s defiance against the international order.”

(Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of his meeting wtih British Prime Minister Theresa May, 05/01/2017)

“Why is the [Amona] evacuation justified? Because it’s not a legal issue. It’s mainly a political issue….there is no support among the people for an expansion beyond the settlement blocs. There is no support among the people for the establishment of one big state. But there is a majority in the coalition. That’s the Israeli paradox.”

(Ben-Dror Yemini writing in YNet on the Amona evacuation, 01/02/2017)

“It is absolutely right that the House should be aware of the discrimination around the world and of that ban, particularly for those who are Israeli citizens. We are consistent: we do not agree with that approach and it is not one that we will take. I wait for the day when the right hon. Member for Islington North (Jeremy Corbyn) stands up and condemns it too.”

(Prime Minister Theresa May on the countries that ban Israeli passport holders at Prime Minister’s Questions, 01/02/2017)

“The security situation in Israel and the Middle East brought us to the important decision to build a fence on our borders. We have no intention to compare between Israel’s security situation and the situation of any other country in the world.”

(President of Israel Reuven Rivlin to President of Mexico Enrique Peňa Nieto after a brief diplomatic spat between the two countries, 31/01/2016)

“This [Middle East] region is a perpetual potential powder keg, and President Trump is a potentially very short fuse. Where Israel and the Jews are concerned, that leaves Netanyahu, however improbably, uniquely placed and obligated to fill a role akin to that of fire prevention officer.”

(David Horovitz writing in the Times of Israel on Israel’s position in the Middle East in the Trump era, 30/01/2017)

 

“The situation in Syria is very harsh. Civilians have been slaughtered for years only a few dozen kilometres from Israel. I have decided to order professionals in my ministry to work toward absorbing children on humanitarian grounds in order to render assistance and rescue 100 of them from the horrors and afford them good and normal lives in Israel.”

(Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Israel absorbing 100 orphaned Syrian refugees from the civil war, 27/01/2017)