Yesterday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference, discussing Israel's place in the peace process. Herb Keinon reports that Netanyahu spoke of the Jewish state's place in the world, a place that would make peace possible:
Israel's position in the world is changing fundamentally because of its need for Israeli technology and anti-terrorism expertise, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday at the annual Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference.
“Israel is in the midst of historic revolution in its place among the nations,” he said. “That revolution is born of a fundamental change of global economics.”
Netanyahu said that the rapid change of the world's economy to a technologically-driven one plays to Israel's strengths. “Israel is right in the nexus of big data, connectivity and artificial intelligence. That affects everything. Nothing remains without technology. Nothing.”
The premier’s only reference to the Palestinian issue was saying that in meetings with every leader, after they talk about business, security and economic issues, his interlocutors ask how they can help on the Palestinian issues.
“I say, 'yes,' one thing, it is the acid test, ask me and Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] to a meeting in your capital. I am willing to come,” he said.
Netanyahu said that those he meets generally get “very excited,” but then become disappointed when the message comes back from Ramallah that the time is not right, and that there are Palestinian preconditions.
“By the time we finish this round with hundreds of world leaders, everybody gets the message: Israel is ready for peace, Israel is not the obstacle for peace, Israel wants to move ahead with peace, and who gets that message best, the Arab states,” he said...