Responding to inquiries as to whether he’s willing to return to negotiations he says, “I called for this repeatedly. Including in UN
speech,” and that he’s open to this now.
Netanyahu says that before negotiations, both sides have to “lower the flames” of conflict. “We can’t have both terror and peace. Arafat tried to do this, and we saw where it led to.”
Asked about State Department claims of Israel’s use of excessive force, Netanyahu calls them “baseless.”
“There is no truth to the claim that we use excessive force. What would you have done if people in New York, Paris or London had done so? Look at the number of the casualties,” he says.