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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

“We believe, Prime Minister and President, that you can succeed and we understand that this is in the national security interest of the United States that you do so, but we cannot and we will not impose a solution. Only you can make the decisions necessary to reach an agreement and secure a peaceful future for the Israeli and Palestinian people.

“And I want to conclude by just saying a few words directly to the people of the region. Your leaders may be sitting at the negotiating table, but you are the ones who will ultimately decide the future. You hold the future of your families, your communities, your people, this region in your hands. For the efforts here to succeed, we need your support and your patience. Today, as ever, people have to rally to the cause of peace and peace needs champions on every street corner and around every kitchen table.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

“President Abbas … I see in you a partner for peace. Together we can lead our people to a historic future that can put an end to claims and to conflict.

“Just as you expect us to be ready to recognize a Palestinian state as the nation state of the Palestinian people, we expect you to be prepared to recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. There are more than a million non-Jews living in Israel, the nation state of the Jewish people, who have full civil rights. There is no contradiction between the nation state that guarantees the national rights of the majority and guaranteeing the civil rights, the full civil equality, of the minority.

“President Abbas, I am fully aware and I respect your people’s desire for sovereignty. I’m convinced that it’s possible to reconcile that desire with Israel’s need for security.”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas:

“Once again, we want to state our commitment to follow on all our engagements including security and ending incitement. And we call on the Israeli government to move forward with its commitment to end all settlement activity and completely lift the embargo over the Gaza Strip and end all form of incitement.

“Also, with respect to security, you do know, ladies and gentlemen, that we have security apparatuses that are still being built, that are still young, but that are doing everything that is expected from them. Yesterday we condemned the operations that were carried. We did not only condemn them, but we also followed the [perpetrators], and we were able to find the car that was used and to arrest those who sold and bought the car. And we will continue all our efforts to take security measures in order to find the [perpetrators]. We consider that security is of essence, is vital for both of us. And we cannot allow for anyone to do anything that would undermine your security and our security. And we therefore do not only condemn, but we keep on working seriously. Security is fundamental and very sensitive.”


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