In speech to Congress, Netanyahu says Palestinian refugees can't return home
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress today. Many of his positions on an eventual Palestinian state are in opposition to those laid out last week by President Barack Obama. Netanyahu reiterated Israel would not use its pre-1967 borders as a starting point in negotiations. In 1967 Israel seized the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem during the six-day war. But Netanyahu said Israel would not give back any part of Jerusalem and would maintain a long military occupation of the West Bank of the Jordan River, even if it’s inside a future de-militarized Palestinian state. Netanyahu calls the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank “Judea and Samaria”
"We will be required to give up parts of the ancestral Jewish homeland. And you have to understand this. In Judea and Sumeria the Jewish people are not foreign occupiers. We're not the British in India. We're not the Belgians in the Congo. This is the land of our forefathers. The land of Israel to which Abraham brought the idea of one god. Where David set out to confront Goliath. Where Isaiah saw a vision of eternal peace. No distortion of history, and boy am I reading a lot of distortions of history lately, old and new. No distortion of history could deny the 4,000 year old bond between the Jewish people and the Jewish land."
Netanyahu said he would not talk peace with the unified Palestinian negotiators unless Hamas was excluded. He said the idea of the right of Palestinian refugees to return should come to an end. Netanyahu’s speech was interrupted once by a protester. On Twitter, the group Move Over AIPAC claimed one of their members, Rae Abileah, shouted “Free Palestine.”comments powered by Disqus