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Photostream : Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, right, meets with Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas, centre, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. Talks come within the framework of efforts aimed at reviving the Middle East peace process. At left is Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

From right to left, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak meets with Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, Egyptian foreign minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. Talks come within the framework of efforts aimed at reviving the Middle East peace process. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (R) talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) and Palestinian Chief Negotiator, Saeb Erekat, during their meeting at the presidential palace in Cairo, January 24, 2011. Palestinian negotiators secretly told Israel it could keep swathes of occupied East Jerusalem, according to leaked documents that show Palestinians offering much bigger peace concessions than previously revealed. The documents, obtained by the Al Jazeera television channel, could undermine Abbas's position, whose public declarations about Jerusalem are at odds with what his officials were promising in private. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, listens to Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat during a press conference following his meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, not pictured, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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Photostream : Portugal's incumbent President Anibal Cavaco Silva reelected

Re-elected Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva (2nd R) stands next to his wife Maria as he gestures to supporters after the announcement of electoral results in Lisbon January 23, 2011. Cavaco Silva won a second term in the election on Sunday, promising to work for political stability as the government fights to avoid an international bailout. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro

Anibal Cavaco Silva, center, waves during celebrations for his victory in the presidential elections at Centro Cultural de Belem in Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal. 21/01/2011

Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva smiles upon arriving to deliver a speech after winning Portugal's presidential election for a second term. Lisbon, Portugal. 21/01/2011 ( Getty Images )

Supporters of re-elected Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva wave flags of his election campaign and national flags after the announcement of electoral results in Lisbon January 23, 2011. Cavaco Silva won a second term in an election on Sunday, promising to work for political stability as the government fights to avoid an international bailout. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro

 
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PM Netanyahu's Remarks at the Start of the Cabinet Meeting

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, convenes the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Oliver Weiken, Pool)

 

Jan 23 (KATAKAMI / PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE) — Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting today:

“Today, I am submitting to the Cabinet the Sheshinski Committee conclusionson the natural gas royalties issue.  My recommendation is to accept these conclusions and to share in the security costs of this natural resource that belongs to the citizens of Israel.  The resource is also important to Israel’s economy and to Israel’s future.  Regarding the latter, I intend to establish a fund for Israel’s future that will be devoted to education and security.  The fund’s revenues will stem from the natural gas reserves.

We need to do one thing – decide so that we may forward the matter on to the Knesset, so that it may make its decision.  We will cooperate with the investors in order to bring the gas to Israel quickly and so the most important thing now is to move forward.  This is what we will do today with, I believe, the support of a majority of ministers.

Today, we mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the day to mark the struggle against anti-Semitism.  I would like to point out that this UN decision, which is uncharacteristic, was advanced by Israel.  It was advanced by then Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, who deserves all praise for this important action.  It is important for increasing global awareness – in parliaments, schools and educational institutions – about the horrors of the Holocaust and the heavy price paid by our people and others, of course, but first of all by our people.  This leads me to the other side of the decision – the struggle against anti-Semitism, which has not only not disappeared, but has even strengthened.

We will hear a briefing by – inter alia – Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein, who will give us a current and updated picture of this problem, which threatens our country and our people.

I believe that this combination of these two issues symbolizes the fact that we have a shared fate with the Jewish People and whoever does not think so needs to know that others do.  Sartre explained that anti-Semitism stems, first of all, not from the Jews’ diagnosis of themselves, but from the fact that others see them as Jews and do not allow them to evade the significance of this fate.  We decided to change the fate of the Jewish People by establishing the State of Israel in the Land of Israel.  Our task is – inter alia – to fight anti-Semitism, both that directed against our state and that directed against our people, so that such disasters as we have experienced in the annals of our state do not recur.” (*)

 

 
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PM Netanyahu: Raid on Gaza flotilla was necessary to protect Israel

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JANUARY 23: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2R) speaks at the weekly cabinet meeting on January 23, 2011 in Jerusalem, Israel. Netanyahu said of the Turkel Commission into the nine deaths of Turkish citizens 'that IDF soldiers acted legally and in self-defense'. (Photo by Oliver Weiken - Pool/Getty Images)

Turkel Commission finds that Israel’s blockade on Gaza is legal, and that Israeli soldiers acted in self-defense during raid on a Gaza-bound ship which killed nine Turkish citizens.

Jan 23 (KATAKAMI.COM / HAARETZ) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday expressed his satisfaction with the findings of Turkel Commission, which probed the Israel Defense Forces raid on a Gaza-bound ship last May and found that Israeli soldiers acted in accordance with international law during the operation.

“The truth is simple,” said Netanyahu. “IDF soldiers defended themselves and their country. It is not only their privilege but also their duty and the State of Israel stands behind their actions.”

Netanyahu also added that every time Israel needs to defend itself, it is charged with committing w Defense Minister Ehud Barak also lauded the Turkel Commission’s report on Sunday, saying that its findings prove Israel is a law-abiding nation.

The first part of the panel’s report, released Sunday, found that the Israeli soldiers who took part in a raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last May which resulted in the deaths of nine people had acted in self-defense. It also determined that Israel’s three-and-a-half year blockade of the Gaza Strip does not break international law. (*)

 
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