Thursday, October 21, 2010

Netanyahu: fundamentalist Islam is 'enemy'

Spot the difference between fundamentalist and radical Islam.

"Fundamentalist Islam" has strengthened exponentially, and is the greatest enemy to peace, Netanyahu said, adding that Israel must "join hands with the free world" to face "the enemy of our country."

TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says "fundamentalist Islam" is the greatest enemy to peace in the Middle East.

Addressing the Israeli Knesset during a session to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Netanyahu also said construction in existing West Bank settlements "does not contradict the aspiration for peace and an agreement," the Palestinian Ma'an News Agency reported.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke down after Netanyahu refused to extend restrictions on settlement expansion despite pleas by the United States, the United Nations and the European Union, the report said.

Quoting from Rabin's final speech before the Knesset, Netanyahu said, "The land of the prophets, which bequeathed to the world the values of morality, law and justice, was, after two thousand years, restored to its lawful owners -- the members of the Jewish people. On its land, we have built an exceptional national home and state."

The Palestine Liberation Organization's Executive Committee Saturday reiterated its stance that peace talks won't resume until Israel stopped expanding settlements on land which would be a future Palestinian state.

Israeli and Palestinian leaders have criticized a recent bill passed by the Knesset requiring everyone seeking citizenship to swear loyalty to a Jewish state.

"Fundamentalist Islam" has strengthened exponentially, and is the greatest enemy to peace, Netanyahu said, adding that Israel must "join hands with the free world" to face "the enemy of our country."

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