You cannot like the word, but what is happening is an occupation – to hold 3.5 million Palestinians under occupation. I believe that is a terrible thing for Israel and for the Palestinians.
One cannot negotiate under fire.
I’ve been under security protection since 1978.
Both during the elections and as Prime Minister, I have repeatedly and publicly said that I support the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside the State of Israel.
Like all Israelis, I yearn for peace. I see the utmost importance in taking all possible steps that will lead to a solution of the conflict with the Palestinians.
Jerusalem is the holiest place for the Jewish people.
My first love was, and remains, manual labor; sowing and harvesting, the pastures, the flock, and the cattle.
The State of Israel is not collapsing and will not collapse.
To the citizens of Israel, I say: we have passed difficult years, faced the most painful experiences and overcame them. The future lies before us. We are required to take difficult and controversial steps, but we must not miss the opportunity to try to achieve what we have wished for, for so many years: security, tranquillity and peace.
I don’t see any situation where Israel will not be sitting on the Golan Heights.