Netanyahu: We will strike those who threaten to attack Israel (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Moti Bassok 04/04/12)
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a press conference on Tuesday
to mark three years since his coalition took office. "We will attack
those who threaten to attack us," he said, referring not only to the
Iranian threat but to the threats of rockets from the Gaza Strip.
In its first three years, the government "has brought about a series
of reforms and important structural changes that helped the economy
grow, helped reduce social disparities and helped Israel through the
severe economic crisis of 2008 and 2009," he added.
On Iran, Netanyahu said that Israel should seek support from the
international community for applying more pressure on Iran. "One who
is not able to operate in the global arena cannot lead Israel," he
said, "and we have proved this ability."
The prime minister´s office had planned Tuesday´s press conference
for a long time, in order to present the governments achievements
since it was formed in 2009. Netanyahu´s office even prepared a
special animated video to for the occasion.
Guests at the press conference received a thick booklet marking the
steps the government has taken, which include lowering the
unemployment rate and improving Israel´s credit rating, as well as
lowering gasoline and electricity prices.
During his speech, Netanyahu likened Israel´s situation to a tree,
and even used an electronic screen to draw fruit and branches in
order to illustrate the achievements made during his term.
The booklet also states that more than 80 percent of children between
the ages of three and four will enjoy free education during the next
school year, and that 1,000 new kindergartens will be built. (©
Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 04/04/12)
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