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PM Netanyahu meets with German FM Westerwelle

PM Netanyahu: Germany is a friend of Israel. We both want the same thing – to achieve peace. We’re committed to peace and we’re working for peace. I look forward to discussing with you how, bilaterally and other ways, we can advance peace together. 



Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, and said at the start of their meeting:
"Welcome to Jerusalem. You’re a friend; Chancellor Merkel is a friend; and Germany is a friend of Israel. We both want the same thing – to achieve peace. We’re committed to peace and we’re working for peace. I have to say, on a sad note, that I think Europe, the European guidelines by the EU have actually undermined peace. They’ve hardened Palestinian positions, they seek an unrealistic end that everybody knows is not going to happen, and I think they stand in the way of reaching a solution which will only be reached by negotiations by the parties, and not by an external dictate. I think this is something that you know very well, and I look forward to discussing with you how, bilaterally and other ways, we can advance peace together."
German Foreign Minister Westerwelle said, "So let me just wish you the very best, personally and of course for the upcoming direct talks. We encourage everyone to stay on this track. We will support you."

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Israel News - PM Netanyahu Met with Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox Priest from Nazareth

Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, met with Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth and spiritual leader of a forum for the enlistment of Christian youth in the IDF, Naji Abid, leader of the Orthodox council in Yafia and Lt. (ret.) Shadi Khaloul, head of the forum.

Prime Minister Netanyahu instructed that a joint Government-community forum be established within two weeks to promote the enlistment of Christian community youth in the IDF and national service and their integration into the life of the state. The forum will work to integrate members of the Christian community in the law on equality in sharing the burden and deal with the necessary administrative and legal aspects, protect those who support enlistment and enlistees from violence and threats, and step up law enforcement against those who disturb the peace and incite to violence.

There has been a significant increase in the number of Christian enlistees in the IDF, from 35 a year ago to approximately 100 this year; an additional 500 young people from the community are doing national service.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "Members of the Christian community must be allowed to enlist in the IDF. You are loyal citizens who want to defend the state and I salute you and support you. We will not tolerate threats against you and we will act to enforce the law with a heavy hand against those who persecute you. I will not tolerate attempts to crumble the state from within. The State of Israel and the Prime Minister stand alongside you."

Father Nadaf said, "Our goal is to guard the Holy Land and the State of Israel. We have broken the barrier of fear – the state deserves that we do our part in defending it. Those who oppose the integration of the Christian community in the institutions of state do not walk in the path of Christianity."
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Israel Headlines - PM Netanyahu on remarks by Iranian President Rouhani

"These remarks by President Rouhani must rouse the world from the illusion that part of it has been caught up in since the Iranian elections."


The President has changed but the goal of the regime has not: To achieve nuclear weapons in order to threaten Israel, the Middle East and the peace and security of the entire world.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani remarks in which he was cited as saying that Israel "has been a wound on the body of the Islamic world for years and should be removed."

"Rouhani's true face has been revealed earlier than expected. Even if they will now rush to deny his remarks, this is what the man thinks and this is the plan of the Iranian regime. These remarks by President Rouhani must rouse the world from the illusion that part of it has been caught up in since the Iranian elections. The President there has changed but the goal of the regime has not: To achieve nuclear weapons in order to threaten Israel, the Middle East and the peace and security of the entire world. A country that threatens the destruction of the State of Israel must not be allowed to possess weapons of mass destruction," the Prime Minister said.



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PM Netanyahu and Culture and Sports Minister Livnat Meet with Composer Nachum Heiman

"You are in our pantheon of artists. You have authored so many of the wonderful songs that I and my family grew up on. My brother Yoni especially loved your songs."


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat, this afternoon met with composer and artist, and Israel Prize laureate, Nachum Heiman and asked him to serve as a special adviser for a project to strengthen Hebrew song that will include, inter alia, digitizing generations of Hebrew songs and making them more accessible.
The project is the joint initiative of the Prime Minister's Office Heritage Branch and the Hebrew Song Dept. of the National Council for Culture and the Arts. Heiman is expected to contribute to the project from his vast experience as a composer and artist and is expected to receive approximately NIS 50,000 per annum for his services.
The Prime Minister's Office Heritage Branch, which is responsible for implementing the National Heritage Plan, and the National Council for Culture and the Arts Hebrew Song Department, which was recently established by Minister Livnat and which is headed by composer and artist Kobi Oshrat, will be responsible for implementing the project.
The Culture and Sports Ministry has already allocated NIS 500,000 to the National Council for Culture and the Arts Hebrew Song Department in order to initiate projects and encourage Hebrew song, including the documentation and preservation of songs which have become part of the country's heritage.
The project joins others regarding Hebrew song which are supported by the Culture and Sports Ministry, including a 2011-2012 project to reset Israeli songs to popular dances, in which Yoav Yitzhak, Shlomi Shabbat, Avihu Medina, Ruhama Raz, Gadi Elbaz, Aviva Avidan and others participated.
Through its "Culture for Israel" initiative, the Ministry holds Hebrew song appearances and events in dozens of communities and heritage sites. The Ministry ascribes great importance to preserving Hebrew song. To this end, it has, in recent years, invested hundreds of thousands of shekels in a project to produce documentary films on major Hebrew authors and poets, including Leah Goldberg, Yonah Wald, Chaim Nachman Bialik, Rachel and others.
Prime Minister Netanyahu told Heiman, "You are in our pantheon of artists. You have authored so many of the wonderful songs that I and my family grew up on. My brother Yoni especially loved your songs."
Culture and Sports Minister Livnat said, "We would be pleased if you would help us in the important enterprise of preserving and documenting the songs that form an inseparable part of the historical mosaic of the State of Israel. I am convinced that your vast knowledge and your desire to preserve and document the songs now and for future generations will be of significant value and will contribute much to this important project."

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