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Statements by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama at the start of their meeting in New York, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released the following statement this evening on the memorandum of understanding with the United States:
"In a short while, in Washington DC, a historic agreement will be signed between the United States and Israel. This agreement will ensure an unprecedented level of security assistance to Israel over the coming decade. This is the largest military assistance package that the United States has ever given to any country.
The agreement will assist us in continuing to build up our military strength and in continuing to improve our missile defense. This is of course a very important achievement for the State of Israel, and Israeli citizens can rightly be proud of it.
I would like to thank President Obama and his administration for this historic agreement. I also thank our many, many friends in the American Congress and among the American people for their great support, which crosses party lines and embraces the length and breadth of the United States. Many in the United States understand that investment in the security of Israel strengthens the stability of the unstable Middle East and serves not only our security interests but those of the United States as well.
I would like to thank the negotiating team I appointed, led by Acting National Security Advisor and Head of the National Security Council, Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Jacob Nagel and the head of the IDF General Staff Planning Directorate, Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin. They did outstanding work, responsibly, discreetly and professionally, until they achieved the optimal result.
This agreement illustrates a simple truth: relations between Israel and the United States are strong and steadfast. This does not mean that we do not have disagreements from time to time, but these are disagreements within the family. They have no effect on the great friendship between Israel and the United States, a friendship that is expressed in this agreement, which will greatly assist us in continuing to build up Israel's strength in the coming decade."

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I'm going to say something now that some of you will not believe. But I'm going to say it anyway because it's true.

I, the Prime Minister of Israel, care more about Palestinians than their own leaders do.
Israel cares more about Palestinians than their own leaders do.

That sounds incredible, right?

But consider the following:
A few days ago, the world learned that Hamas, the terrorist organization that rules Gaza, stole millions of dollars from humanitarian organizations like World Vision and the United Nations.

Innocent and impoverished Palestinians were denied vital aid supplied from nations around the world.
Hamas used this stolen money to build a war machine to murder Jews.

I want you to think about that. Let that sink in.

Hamas stole critical support for Palestinian children so that they could kill our children.

So I ask you—who cares more about Palestinians?

Israel, that facilitates the entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza, every single day?
Or Hamas, that robs Palestinian children of that very same aid?

Israel, that treats wounded Palestinians from Gaza in its hospitals?
Or Hamas that prevents injured Palestinians from getting help?

Imagine, just imagine, where we might all be if Palestinian leaders cared as much about helping their own people as they did about hurting our people. The Palestinian people deserve better.

And today, I express my deepest sympathy with innocent Palestinians and those well-meaning nations who generously donated money to help them.

The cynicism and cruelty of Hamas is hurting all of us.
It's hurting peace.

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I've just watched a video that shook me to the core of my being. In just a few seconds, it shows why our conflict persists.
So here is a short snippet:
"Shoot him! Shoot him! Here he is. Go, go. Shoot him!"
A Palestinian father holds up his 4-year-old son. He pleads with Israeli border police to kill his own child. He shouts, "Shoot this little boy!" His boy.
He pushes his young son forward toward the soldiers and screams, "Kill him! Shoot him!"
The boy pauses. He is scared. Any child would be.
He turns back, looking at his father for guidance.
With his shirt tightly tucked into his bright red shorts, the boy ambles forward towards the soldiers. One of them extends his hand in friendship. The boy gives him a high-five.
It's hard to make a four-year-old hate.
Imagine your own child at that age. Think of his smile. Imagine her laugh. Picture the unrestrained joy and innocence that only a child possesses.
Encouraging someone to murder a child – let alone your own child – is probably the most inhumane thing a person can do.
What did this child do to deserve this? The answer is: nothing. He is innocent.
He should be in a playground. He should be in the sun, laughing with other children.
Sadly, this father's crime is not an isolated example. In Gaza, Hamas runs summer camps that teach children to value death over life – suicide kindergarten camps.
The Palestinian Ministry of Education in Ramallah recently organized an event for students to honor terrorists who murdered three civilians.
Two weeks ago, the Palestinian Authority's official newspaper praised teenage terrorists and wrote that "death as a martyr is the path to excellence and greatness." That's a direct quote.
Palestinian and Israeli children deserve better. They deserve to live. They deserve to live in peace.
Children are not cannon fodder. They are the most precious things in the world. They're the most precious things we have.
I'm sure Palestinian parents, many of them, are as outraged as I am at this video.
And today I appeal to every father and mother around the world. I ask you to join me in calling for an end to this abuse of children.
The Palestinian leadership must stop encouraging children to kill. They must stop encouraging Palestinian parents to call for the death of their own children.
It's horrendous!
Peace begins with respect. If parents don't respect their own children's lives, how will they respect the lives of their neighbors?
We must love all children. They should never be pushed to violence or hate.
Join me in educating all children for peace.

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Dear Arab citizens of Israel, Muwatinuna al arab al aezaa,
Before my election, I said Arabs voters were going to the polls in droves.
I was referring to a specific political party but many people were understandably offended. I apologized for how my comment was misunderstood.
But today I want to go further.
Today I am asking Arab citizens in Israel to take part in our society—in droves. Work in droves, study in droves, thrive in droves.
Israel is strong because of our diversity and pluralism—not in spite of it.
Over 20% of Israel's citizens are Arabs. And you have achieved incredible heights: Supreme Court justices, members of parliament, renowned authors, entrepreneurs, high tech business-owners, doctors, pharmacists.
I am proud of the role Arabs play in Israel's success.
I want you to play an even greater role in it.
Now, respecting minorities isn't just the right thing to do—it's critical to our progress.
But talking about equality of opportunity – that's not enough.
Action is what matters.
My government recently passed a resolution to invest massive resources in Arab communities.
Arab communities are receiving unprecedented support for public infrastructure, for transportation, for employment, for welfare, for so many other things.
And the reason for this is simple. Because your future is our future.
Yet significant gaps remain.
I will never forget the conversation I had in a Knesset committee with a young Muslim woman. Her husband and sons were gunned down in an Arab town. She was shaking. She begged me, she said, "Prime Minister, please increase law and order in the community where I live."
And this is exactly what we're doing.
Yesterday, the government approved legislation that would significantly strengthen public safety for Arab towns and villages. They're yearning to be free from a life of crime and violence.
My vision is that young Arab boys and girls grow up knowing they can achieve anything in Israel as valued and equal citizens in our democracy.
Today I ask you all to join me in this effort.
Now, each of us has a role to play.
Jews and Arabs should reach out to each other, get to know each other's families.
Listen to each other.
Jews and Arabs should treat one another with the same dignity and respect you'd want for your own family.
Our land is too small, it's too precious to fill it with discord and hate.
Let us work together, Arabs and Jews alike, to reach ever higher in the noble pursuit of equality and dignity for all.
This is my vision and I'm sure it's yours too.

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The Palestinian Authority has recently built a monument to honor a Palestinian terrorist, Abu Sukkar, who perpetrated a terror attack in Jerusalem in July 1975, in which 15 people were murdered.

MFA Director General Dr. Dore Gold, who witnessed the deadly attack, recalls it and calls upon the Palestinians to promote a culture of peace, rather than a culture of death. As a first step - this monument, honoring a mass-murderer must be torn down.

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President Abbas,
Since over the past several years, you refused to meet me and sit down and negotiate peace, I hope you’ll hear this message.

First, your advisor, Sultan Abu al Einein recently called to slit the throat of every Israeli.

Three days later, a Palestinian terrorist turned these words into action when he slit the throat of a 13-year-old beautiful girl, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, as she slept.

She was a little, innocent girl.
She didn't deserve this.

I ask that you fire this advisor because advocating genocide is not consistent with peace.

Second, your party recently praised a terrorist on Facebook who murdered 24 civilians, innocent Israelis in cold blood.

I ask that you to pick up the phone and instruct your party's social media manager to stop praising mass murderers.
Impressionable children read these posts.

They should be taught harmony, not hate.
Such words seriously harm the chances of peace.

Third, next week the Palestinian Authority will dedicate a monument to Abu Sukar. Abu Sukar murdered 15 people by detonating a refrigerator filled with explosives on a busy Jerusalem street.

Rather than dedicate a statue to a mass-murderer, I ask that you consider honoring a champion of co-existence.

This will help educate future generations to love peace over war, compassion over violence.
It will also help convince Israelis that they have a true partner for peace.

Fourth, the PLO currently pays a monthly salary to anyone who murders Jews.

This money provides direct incentive to commit terror.
I ask that you stop paying murderers and instead use this money to fund co-existence education, teach tolerance not terror.

Fifth, every Israeli and Palestinian child deserves a life of hope, of tranquility and opportunity.

I will continue to work tirelessly for peace.
It’s time that you join this effort.

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