Netanyahu at INSS calls on PA to ´give peace a chance´ (JERUSALEM POST) By YONAH BOB, JPOST.COM STAFF 05/30/12)
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on the Palestinian Authority
to "give peace a chance" and "not to miss this unique opportunity"
for peace on Tuesday night at the Institute for National Security
Netanyahu said that while he desires peace and Israel has extended
its hand, its desire for peace "is not always reciprocated."
With regard to Iran, Netanyahu said it is not enough for Iran to stop
enriching uranium to 20 percent. Uranium enriched to 3.5% is "a lower
number," but represents a "large proportion of the uranium" that Iran
possesses and which could be used for a bomb.
In essence, Netanyahu argued that removing 20% enriched uranium would
reduce the quality of Iran´s uranium, but that when it comes to
producing uranium for a bomb, quantity is very important.
Former IDF intelligence chief Amos Yadlin Maj. Gen (res.), Head of
the INSS, said Israel is facing "extraordinary" events and threats,
said at a major Tuesday night conference. Yadlin mentioned that his
institute had organized the conference around five main issues,
including: the Iranian nuclear threat, Arab uprisings across the
Middle East, relations with the US and the relationship of the
security budget to new economic priorities following the social
He suggested that it was critical to try any third alternative to
solve the Iranian nuclear issue besides Iran "getting the bomb" or
Israel "bombing them." The Iran working group discussed
several "third-way" alternatives and also put forward ideas about how
to strategically handle the "day after" should Israel attack Iran.
Adressing the Arab uprisings, Yadlin noted that unpredictable
developments in some nations could "challenge peaceful relations."
He also surveyed the status of threats emanating from Gaza, including
the potential for new outbreaks of violence, and Syria, noting the
ongoing and "ferocious civil war."
Yadlin called Israel an "island of stability and prosperity" in an
Some of the biggest names in Israeli defense and policy are set to
speak Tuesday and Wednesday at the conference, and The Jerusalem Post
is streaming it live.
This year´s conference theme, "Israel´s Search for Opportunities in a
Turbulent Region," hones in on the major challenges, threats and
opportunities facing the Jewish state as uprisings, revolutions and
elections take place in neighboring countries, and Iran continues its
pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Speakers will include Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense
Minister Ehud Barak, Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya´alon and Prof.
Manuel Trajtenberg among many other politicians, top military brass
and academic luminaries.
Tuesday´s full schedule can be viewed here, and Wednesday´s here
Watch the conference live, and let us know what you think in the
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