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.
I believe that Israel is much stronger than many of its leaders.
Israel is a society governed by the rule of law.
Israel’s security policy is determined by our needs. I strongly reject all the unfounded publicity suggesting that Israel is prevented from taking action because of international pressure.
We do not build new Jewish communities in Samaria, Judea and Gaza. The United States has never accepted our building of communities or of the fence. Yet, I’ve managed to develop relations between Israel and the United States even though President Bush never supported settlements.
We extend our hand towards peace. Our people are committed to peace. We know that peace entails painful compromise for both sides.
Israel may have the right to put others on trial, but certainly no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the State of Israel on trial.
Expressions of disobedience naturally encourage terrorist organizations and motivate them to intensify their actions.
I have always maintained that the only group I belong to consists of my family, my wife Lily, my mother, my sons Omri and Gilad.