Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Leader ( October 21, 1949 - )

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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

Moving On Today Week

Some will criticize me no matter what I do.~Benjamin Netanyahu

Me Matter Will

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

People Jewish Never

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

Want Independent Own

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

Simple Policy Jewish

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

Peace End You

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

Day End Night

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

Peace Think Jewish

We don't point a pistol at our own forehead. That is not the way to conduct negotiations.~Benjamin Netanyahu

Way Point Own

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

Thinking Stupid You

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

Peace Simple Want

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

Thank You Friends People

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

Real Human Rights Villain

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

World Security Body

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

Time King Name

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

Son Name Same

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

America You London

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

Community World Pressure

You know, I'm just not going to get into American politics.~Benjamin Netanyahu

Politics American You

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

Light Community Red

There's no one in Israel who appreciates more than me the importance of American support for Israel.~Benjamin Netanyahu

Support American Me

You don't have people chanting 'Death to America' in Israel.~Benjamin Netanyahu

Death People America

I've been right more than I've been wrong.~Benjamin Netanyahu

Right Wrong More

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

You Nuclear Weapons Stop

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

Opportunity Society Free

The State of Israel can be proud of what we're doing.~Benjamin Netanyahu

Proud Doing Israel