We have learned a long time ago that one cannot compromise with terrorists.
If there will be a serious Palestinian prime minister who makes a 100 percent effort to end terrorism, then we can have peace. Each side has to take steps. If terror continues, there will not be an independent Palestinian state. Israel will not accept it, if terror continues.
A day will come when other Israelis will be launched into space in the service of science and progress. For them and for us, Ilan Ramon will always be a source of inspiration as Israel’s space pioneer, and his memory will be engraved in our hearts forever.
My grandfather was facing this terror, my parents, myself.
I do know that Syria never will recognize Lebanon as an independent country, and the declaration of independence of Lebanon took place in 1943. Syria never – Syria never have recognized Lebanon. They regard Lebanon as part of Syria.
The ongoing conflict between us has caused heavy suffering to both peoples. The future can and must be different. Both our peoples are destined to live together side by side, on this small piece of land. This reality we cannot change.
Political life is like a big wheel: constantly turning. At times you are up, at times down. But always, the wheel keeps moving.
I cannot say that the attitude of the United Nations always is for the Israeli attitude. Israel, I think, has been under severe attacks by members of the United Nations many times.
Pope John Paul II was a man of peace, a friend of the Jewish nation… and worked for the historic reconciliation between the nations and for the renewal of diplomatic ties between Israel and the Vatican at the end of 1993.
We don’t have any intention whatsoever to use military force to solve the Palestinian problem. But when it comes to terror – when it comes to terror, I believe that military – the right military steps is a very, very complicated kind of warfare, where I make every effort not to escalate the situation.