Netanyahu: Israel Needs a Leader with Experience (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 05/06/12)
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu kicked off the election campaign
Sunday in a speech at the Likud convention in Tel Aviv, in which he
took credit for making people feel safer in Israel.
"We have systematically struck those who planned to strike us,"
Netanyahu said. "We took the initiative and we responded resolutely
to every attack on us. We proved that we take care of security with
force and with good judgment."
"We did not forget," he added, to a burst of applause. "We brought
home our abducted soldier Gilad Shalit."
Hinting at Labor head Shelly Yechimovich, his strongest challenger at
present, Netanyahu said: "The state of Israel cannot afford a prime
minister without experience in diplomacy, security and economics."
Netanyahu added that "A short election campaign is preferable to a
one that lasts 18 months, so that stability can return to the
Eighteen months is roughly the time that his government had remaining
until the end of its term. Netanyahu was apparently hinting that once
the Tal Law was annulled and Yisrael Beitenu chief Avigdor Lieberman
declared that he would initiate an alternative law, the political
system had become destabilized.
In his first election speech, Netanyahu took pride in investing
billions of shekels in higher education and in instituting free
education from age 3. Netanyahu said housing prices are going down
due to large scale construction and taxation of working parents with
small children has been cut.
Regarding Iran, Netanyahu said: "Until three years ago, Iran went
forward with its nuclear program almost unmolested, and today,
largely because of our activity, the world is taking action against
the Iranian nuclear program. Of course, Iran is trying to fool the
world but we will not reduce the pressure until the threat is truly
He said that his government will replace the Tal Law with a law that
will create equality in the burden that is shouldered by different
sectors. Regarding "peace," he promised that Israel would "take
advantage of all opportunities to carry out a peace deal with our
neighbors." (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/06/12)
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