Bibi: No Early Elections (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/03/12)
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday marked his fourth year
in office saying "I will not initiate early elections."
"I´m not afraid of it, but I won´t initiate it," Netanyahu said
during an hour long press conference in Jerusalem. His ruling Likud
party – which currently holds 27 seats in the Knesset – is polling at
"We are leading an unprecedented international campaign against
Iran´s efforts to acquire nuclear weapons," he explained. "I do not
know of an easy way to solve the Iranian problem."
"We will attack those who threaten to attack us," he added, referring
not only to the Iranian threat but to the threats of rockets from the
"I want to resolve the conflict with the Palestinians," Netanyahu
said. "But I also want to ensure the existence of the Jewish state,
and that means there can be no binational state. This requires
negotiation. There is no way to end the conflict if you do not start
But "if we lose control of our borders, we will lose control over our
future," Netanyahu added.
He added that the "Palestinians are the ones who have chosen not to
negotiate for three years," adding that he hoped they would alter
course and return to negotiations.
"Only those who can act on the world stage can lead the State of
Israel," he added, referring to initiatives by opposition leader
Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) and Labor-party leader Shelly Yechimovitch.
"I declare that what is needed, but who determines our path is the
Israeli public. Israel´s public will determine the leaders and the
leadership that he will decide," Netanyahu stressed.
Netanyahu also addressed the social protest movement saying he did
underestimate the real problems Israel faces.
"Last summer´s protest raised real issues," Netanyahu said,
adding "We have accomplished much and we have adopted the principles
of the Trachtenberg committee."
Netanyahu added his government does not control fuel price,
explaining global commodity prices dictated fuel costs. He also noted
his government has reduced the price of gasoline by 88 cents, but
could do little more.
He noted Israel´s fuel tax is already lower than that in leading
European countries. "You cannot make something out of nothing. There
has to be a balance."
Netanyahu also said that for Israel´s economy to grow and competition
to flourish it needed to disallow monopolies and cartels.
Netanyahu also said his government is encouraging the Arabs and
haredim in the labor market with billions in investments.
"This will remove the poverty," he said. "Its a reasonable way to
reduce the problem." (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/03/12)
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