Netanyahu: We are masters of our own fate in our own state
Newscast Media JERUSALEM—During his visit to Israel, Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put their differences aside and agreed to cooperate in resolving tension between Israel and the Arab world. Netanyahu said that his country could not cede its right to self defense to others, with visiting US President Barack Obama re-assuring his enduring support for the security of the Jewish State.
“Today we have both the right and the capability to defend ourselves. As you said earlier today, the essence of the State of Israel, the essence of the rebirth of the Jewish state, is the fulfillment of the age-old dream of the Jewish people: to be masters of our fate in our own state,” Mr. Netanyahu said.
“That is why I know that you appreciate that Israel never cede the right to defend ourselves to others, even to the greatest of our friends, and Israel has no better friend than the United States of America. Thank you for unequivocally affirming Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself by itself against any threat,” he added.
Mr. Obama said his commitment to Israel is non-negotiable.
“As leaders, our most solemn responsibility is the security of our people. That’s job number 1. My job as President of the United States is first and foremost is to keep the American people safe. Bibi, as Prime Minister, your first task is to keep the people of Israel safe. And Israel’s security needs are truly unique, as I’ve seen myself.
“As President I have therefore made it clear America’s commitment to the security of the State of Israel as a solemn obligation, and the security of Israel is non-negotiable” Obama emphasized.
Obama also pledged $200 million this fiscal year to help Israel fund the Iron Dome.
“As a result of decisions that I made last year Israel will receive approximately $200 million this fiscal year and we will continue to work with Congress on future funding of Iron Dome,” Obama said.
In regard to Iran, Obama said that he prefers to resolve the nuclear issue diplomatically, but said the military option was not ruled out and that all options were on the table in preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Last week Tehran responded to threats of a military strike against it by declaring that all its options were on the table too.