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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before a joint meeting of congress today -- a short time after that speech I sat down with him for a cable exclusive interview.
And here is more of mind candid conversation with the prime minister.
We go back a long ways you and it's very fittingly somebody said.
Is there any chance that the prime minister has a birth certificate and Hawaii.
For those that would would like you to run and our upcoming elections -- No way I have a country I'm teasing -- short of accusing but I have to tell you I respect America.
Grew up and the spent fuel might -- -- and Philadelphia.
I've visited -- -- many times.
I know this bond there's a liberty and little replica of that right near my office and drenching.
And -- it has an inscription.
And the inscription is from the book converter -- from the -- It's those who claim freedom throughout the land that's what we're about the greatest democracy in the world.
And the only democracy in the middle -- open -- other democracies who has a deep bond there.
And in many ways.
I'd -- -- country that.
Shares -- many values -- America and that's why Americans.
Share this affinity do -- we could see it today in the congress who was so powerful so.
So encouraging whose interest and -- so yeah.
You know so uplifting.
What I saw there wasn't a represented the representatives of the American people -- -- -- -- winner -- you.
And that's tremendous.
It was interesting because you -- you talked about.
One million free.
And they live in and -- within Israel or citizens the citizens of -- -- Israel people don't know I don't know that we have.
And the sovereign State of -- I'm not a member of the west bank and you know disputed -- -- -- the citizens of regional.
And we seven million citizens over a million.
Arabs Muslim Arabs and they're the only ones in this vast expanse.
-- as I said from the Khyber Pass to.
The streets of -- ballrooms or.
Vast area of the Middle East and North Africa the only ones who -- free we'll have free democratic rights.
-- -- -- Citizens of Israel so I said.
I think this is what is -- about what's wrong in the Middle East.
This knows what's what in the Middle East and that's the only place where you have the kind of genuine democracy.
-- and you know I hope this changes open -- pursue other democracies Immersion.
He said -- President Abbas.
-- -- packed with Hamas and -- went into detail you talked about a changing and growing economy for the Palestinian people how things are changing.
But yet on the other hand you described.
Teaching children to hate Jews.
And he talked about the influence Hezbollah is being funded.
Weaponry comes from Iran.
You have Hamas obviously firing rockets into Israel you have battles -- Lebanon you have obviously Syria's -- mortal enemy.
Of the Jewish State of Israel.
Are you confident do you think that may -- -- -- listen you have the confidence he will of both agree to break this unity pact.
For the sake of peace and for the sake of my people and then you hope you -- Because you can only make peace -- enemy wants peace.
An enemy that's committed to your destruction there's not a partner for -- I think that's the central lesson of the twenty centric.
And I think if the democracies made a mistake in the twentieth century.
-- they didn't identify and implacable enemy actually committed to fanaticism.
And I think I think America understands that very well certainly understands -- with -- bin Laden and we'll card or you don't negotiate with a Kyra what's -- to negotiate about.
Tell you destroy more of -- considers movement obviously not.
So what are we have to negotiate with a group Hamas the method of our.
-- -- You know this is.
This is solid demand that house of -- put forward not only by me the prime minister of Israel.
But by anyone who wants peace everybody should turn to.
Two president of a boss and say what I said today in congress.
Terror -- pure packed with Hamas.
Sit down and negotiate peace make peace with the Jewish state.
This is recent though and it and it's it's obviously problematic and you've got.
If you describe -- very small land -- and and you know you're dealing with Hamas and Hezbollah and Iran and -- -- it's a tough -- -- -- -- very very -- -- all of that.
If they do not recognize Israel if there's that recognition does not come peace cannot -- -- -- Well that's what the Americans and two guests the former.
Possession is they've got to recognize the sooners -- about Hamas and they've got to give up terror.
They say since signing this initial -- Within the Palestinian Authority we know we're gonna recognize as well we're committed to do -- was understandably.
And we'll continue the armed struggle you know what that is that's a polite term for terrorism -- in the meantime there.
Putting into Gaza -- about 101000 rockets.
There's -- sorority fired 6000 raucous emotional mass and more.
So they're not a part of it is I don't think anybody's.
Listening to us than anybody and in Washington and -- fair minded.
-- Or observer of the Middle East would really expected -- to.
To to do this and they don't mean fair minded governments don't.
Don't expect but I think it was important and -- -- by President Obama I think that's very very important.
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