Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Remarks at the Conference of Presidents

netThe annual Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations began Sunday, February 14th at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem. In attendance were National President, David Eisenberg, Executive Vice President, Cheryl Bier, and First Vice President, Stephen Savitsky. Participants at the opening night program were addressed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Below is a transcript of his remarks.

First I want to say that the people of Israel feel the grief of stricken families, whether by terror or as we've had today, a horrific accident, road accident. And we send our condolences to the families of those killed, and of course our hopes for the speedy recovery of the wounded.

We live in an era where there are two parallel but contradictory trends regarding the State of Israel. The first one is all too familiar to you and that's the ongoing multinational hostility to Israel. You see it at the UN; you see it at the UN Human Rights Council – I can't believe there is such a term that is so self-contradictory: UN Human Rights Council; the ICC; regrettably the EU. We've had some efforts to change at least the EU. But we know that in many of these multinational forums, Israel is singled out. I hope that one day we'll receive a double standard because right now, we're not enjoying a double standard; we are suffering a triple standard. There is one standard for the democracies – well, there's one standard for the dictatorships. They're usually exempt. The other is for the democracies and there's still a third standard for the democracy called Israel. I think you're all familiar with that and in some senses it's getting worse.

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