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Benjamin Netanyahu Quotes

(Last Updated On: September 25, 2018)

“The question is: Does Iran entrench itself in Syria, or will this process be stopped. If it doesn’t stop by itself, we will stop it… We also spoke about Lebanon, which is becoming a factory for precision-guided missiles that threaten Israel. These missiles pose a grave threat to Israel, and we will not accept this threat” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Times of Israel, 3 February 2018.

“It is time that the international community recognized reality… Whatever happens on the other side of the border, the border itself will not move. Secondly, after 50 years, it is time that the international community realized that the Golan will remain under Israeli sovereignty.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Jerusalem Post, 3 February 2018.

“I appreciate the fr[i]endship of president Iohannis and of the people of Romania. By the way, throug[h] successive administration I have to say… very strong partnership and very strong friendship.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, Stiri pe Surse, 2 February 2018.

“You’ll have to ask president Iohannis and I hope it does soon. But it’a hope, it’s not something that I can express beyond that. [when asked if he believes that Romania will move its embassy]” – Benjamin Netanyahu, Stiri pe Surse, 2 February 2018.

“I think many countries will follow. We are talking to quite a few of them. I think there is an interest in several countries to do the same and when the US moves its embassy I expect other countries to follow. Some European countries too.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, Stiri pe Surse, 2 February 2018.

“The law is baseless, I strongly oppose it. One cannot change history and the Holocaust cannot be denied.” – Benajmin Netanyahu, Global Security, 1 February 2018.

“No, that we will control security west of the Jordan (river)… that is I think the first condition… Whether or not it’s defined as a state when we have the military control is another matter, but I’d rather not discuss labels, but substance.” – Benajmin Netanyahu, Hurriet Daily News, 1 February 2018.

“If he [Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas] doesn’t want the US as a mediator, he doesn’t want peace.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Jerusalem Post, 19 January 2018.

“We’ve put relations back on track, and I’m sure both sides have learned lessons… There is a peace treaty [between our two countries] that is an important interest to both states, and that found expression in the solution that was reached.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Times of Israel, 19 January 2018.

“I will decide on the new ambassador soon. I very much appreciate the former ambassador and that will be shown in her next position.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Times of Israel, 19 January 2018.

“So I want all the Bollywood actors, directors, producers present here to join me right now for a selfie so millions of people can see the great friendship between the two countries.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, Financial Express, 19 January 2018.

“We believe in Bollywood. World loves Bollywood. Israel loves Bollywood. We want Bollywood in Israel. We are putting our money where our mouth is.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, Aljazeera, 18 January 2018.

“It is on the level first of a deep personal friendship between Prime Minister Modi and myself. In addition, there is a partnership of genuine sympathy between our people. And that is not obvious. Our two civilisations are very old and we have not met each other in a real sense.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, Zee News, 18 January 2018.

“This is very important, and there will be many more deals.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Jerusalem Post, 17 January 2018.

“An inspiring visit to the hearth of one of humanity’s great prophets of inspiration – Mahatma Gandhi.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Jerusalem Post, 17 January 2018.

“Half a year ago we launched the Israel-India innovation dream. The idea was simple: unite brilliant young Indians and brilliant young Israelis to help solve pressing global problems… Many entrepreneurs immediately recognized the potential of this idea. Over 600 companies applied to be part of the incubator. Several dozen were chosen, but this is just a small sample of the scope of our cooperation… I want young Israelis to come to India not just with a backpack but with a laptop.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Jerusalem Post, 17 January 2018.

“You are a revolutionary leader, you have revolutionized India and catapulting this state to the future, your visit to Israel was groundbreaking as it was the first time an Indian leader visited… Jews in India have never witnessed anti-semitism like in some other countries, this is a tribute to India’s great civilization, tolerance and democracy… It [PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel] excited all Israelis & of course many Israelis of Indian descent & origin came. Well I thought I was in a rock concert. But it was a historic event.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, Live Mint, 15 January 2018.

“We are strengthening ties between Israel and this important global power [India]… This serves our security, economic, trade and tourism interests, as well as many other areas. This is a great blessing for the state of Israel.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Hindu, 15 January 2018.

“You [Narendra Modi] are a revolutionary leader… Jews of India never faced persecution here. India and Israel show democracy works… Israel achieves more with less. Israel and India are working together to revolutionise agricultural sector with precision agriculture… Any time you want to do a Yoga class, I will join.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Hindu, 15 January 2018.

“It began with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Israel, which created tremendous enthusiasm that continues with my visit here, which, I must say, is deeply moving for me and my wife and the entire people of Israel… And, I think, it helps us flourishing our partnership to bring prosperity, peace and progress for both our people” –  Benjamin Netanyahu, The Hindu, 15 January 2018.

“Yes, naturally we were disappointed [referring to India’s vote at UN against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital], but this visit is a testimony that our relationship is moving on so many fronts forward… I don’t think one vote affects a general trend you can see in many other votes and these visits.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Hindu, 15 January 2018.

“First of all, there is a special relationship between the two countries, between their people and then between the leaders. The partnership between India and Israel is a marriage made in heaven but consecrated on earth.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Hindu, 15 January 2018.

“I want you to think how you would feel if they would trample your children with unbridled cruelty, wickedness and hypocrisy… I say this not only to the media, I say it also to public figures who click their tongues in absurd hypocrisy [when asked why Yair, Netanyahu’s oldest son, was not joining the trip to India].” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Jerusalem Post, 15 January 2018.

“I want to take the opportunity to thank those who have given Yair and us a warm and humane hand in the face of the lack of humanity that we have seen. I want to tell them tonight how much we appreciate it, how much we thank them. I want to say something else – you give us a lot of strength to continue.” –  Benjamin Netanyahu, The Jerusalem Post, 15 January 2018.

“A central Hamas terror infrastructure in Gaza was attacked. There are those who say that the IDF attacks dunes of sand – that’s not true. Hamas must understand that we will not allow the continuation of the attacks against us and we will respond with even greater force.” – Benjamin Netanyahu,  Israel National News, 14 January 2018.

“My wife and I raised our children to respect any person and to respect all women.” – Benjamin Netanyahu,  Eyewitness News, 10 January 2018.

“The security forces will do everything to reach the despicable murderer and the State of Israel will bring him to justice [referring to the terror attack on Tuesday night near Nablus in the northern West Bank, where an Israeli man was fatally shot].” – Benjamin Netanyahu,  The Times of Israel, 9 January 2018.

“We have a long-standing policy to prevent the transfer of game-changing weapons to Hezbollah from Syrian territory… This policy has not changed, we back it up as necessary with action.” – Benjamin Netanyahu,  Yahoo News, 9 January 2018.

“UNRWA [the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East ] is an organisation that perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem… This absurd situation must be ended” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The News, 8 January 2018.

“If that state [Israel] disappears, then Europe’s security would be gravely endangered because this region would fall apart.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Jerusalem Post, 7 January 2018.

“I completely agree with President Trump’s sharp criticism of UNRWA. UNRWA is an organization that perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem, and perpetuates also the narrative of the so-called right of return, whose goal is the elimination of Israel. For these reasons, UNRWA should be shut down… This is a body established separately 70 years ago, just for Palestinian refugees, while the UNHCR exists for all other refugees in the world… This has led to the situation where the great-grandchildren of refugees, who are not themselves refugees, are cared for by UNRWA, and in 70 more years there will be great-grandchildren of those great-grandchildren, and so this absurdity has to end.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, Press TV, 7 January 2018.

“Why are you [Naftali Bennett] working this way?… It damages discipline within the coalition!.. This is not how things work, this is unacceptable… If you want to quit, then just quit.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, Times of Israel, 7 January 2018.

“The presence of Shiite militias in Syria will intensify the Shiite-Sunni struggle and strengthen terror groups like [Islamic State] and al-Qaeda, which will bring a renewal of the refugee problem in Europe.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Times of Israel, 6 January 2018.

“We have expelled about 20,000 and now the mission is to get the rest out [referring to the African migrants].” – Benjamin Netanyahu, Daily Sabah, 5 January 2018.

“Every country must guard its borders. Guarding the borders against illegal infiltration is both a right and a fundamental obligation of a sovereign state. To this end, we carried out two good actions…The first is building fences, the barrier, against the massive infiltration into the country from Africa. This fence, which was erected along the border with Sinai, has prevented – in my estimation – the entry of hundreds of thousands of infiltrators who came from other places, but did not reach Israel. Thanks to this great effort, we have lowered illegal infiltration into Israel to zero… Now there is another mission. The second mission is to deport the illegal infiltrators who entered Israel prior to the construction of the barrier. This is approximately 60,000 people; we have deported approximately 20,000 and the mission now is to deport the rest. Last year we deported approximately 4,000 and the major effort is to deport most of those who remain, who have infiltrated and are present in Israel illegally.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The  Yeshiva World, 3 January 2018.

“Today the cabinet will approve the plan for deporting the infiltrators from Israel. We will step up enforcement and we will allocate budgets and personnel to implement the plan. I think that it is important that people understand that we are doing something here that is completely legal and completely essential. The infiltrators have a clear choice – cooperate with us and leave voluntarily, respectably, humanely and legally, or we will have to use other tools at our disposal, which are also according to law.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Guardian, 3 January 2018.

“When this regime [the Iranian government] finally falls, and one day it will, Iranians and Israelis will be great friends once again.” –  Benjamin Netanyahu, RT, 2 January 2018.

“In recent days, enemies of Iran used different tools including cash, weapons, politics and intelligence apparatus to create troubles for the Islamic Republic.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, RT, 2 January 2018.

“Our success in the political arena against the United States and the Zionist regime was unbearable to [Iran’s enemies]. … Iran’s success in the region was unbearable to them. Don’t you expect that they would seek revenge? Don’t you think they would provoke some people?” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Jerusalem Post, 2 January 2018.

“Sadly, many European governments watch in silence as heroic young Iranians are beaten in the streets. … That’s just not right. And I for one will not stay silent.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Jerusalem Post, 2 January 2018.

“Iran’s cruel regime wastes tens of billions of dollars spreading hate. This money could have built schools and hospitals. No wonder mothers and fathers are marching in the streets. The regime is terrified of them – of their own people. That is why they jail students. That is why they ban social media.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Jerusalem Post, 2 January 2018.

“Fear will not triumph, because the Iranian people are smart, they are sophisticated. They are proud. Today they risk everything for freedom.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Jerusalem Post, 2 January 2018.

“Unlike [Hassan] Rouhani, I will not insult the Iranian people. … They deserve better. Brave Iranians are pouring into the streets because they seek freedom, they seek justice, they seek the basic liberties that have been denied to them for decades.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, Washington Examiner, 1 January 2018.

“Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ while jailing Christians in your own country is the height of hypocrisy [referring to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s twitter Christmas greeting].” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Jerusalem Post, 31 December 2017.

“We stand with you, brothers and sisters. The world stands with you.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, Front Page Mag, 31 December 2017.

“I saw a protest at the entrance here. A protest. The [protesters] were holding up signs [with the symbol] of Fatah, of the PLO, and [protesting] against my visit. What for? What are they protesting against, I ask you, … Against the fact that millions who have been killed or have been forced to flee from their homes in Syria, Iraq, and Libya? Who are you protesting against? Against the only state that protects human rights and that established a field hospital to help the wounded? Against Israel? You should be ashamed of yourselves. …. We believe in progress. We believe in coexistence. And we’re working towards those [goals], and we’ll keep working together with you. Here, in Ein Mahil, and everywhere else, we’ll work towards progress together [tells Arab citizens of Israel].” – Benjamin Netanyahu, International Business Times, 29 December 2017.

“The air force is as its peak today, with the best tools, technologies, planes and pilots in the world. With defensive and offensive capabilities and tremendous firepower, the air force has the ability to reach short distances and faraway destinations as required.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, The Jerusalem Post, 27 December 2017.

“Other countries will recognize Jerusalem and announce the relocation of their embassies. A second country did it and I repeat it: there will be others, it’s just the start and it’s important.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel National News, 26 December 2017.

“God bless you, my friend, President Jimmy Morales, God bless both our countries, Israel and Guatemala.” – Benjamin NetanyahuThe Straits Times, 26 December 2017.

“I’m very proud to be the prime minister of Israel, a country that says ‘Merry Christmas’ first to its Christian citizens and to our Christian friends around the world.” – Benjamin NetanyahuNewsweek, 25 December 2017.