Haviv Rettig Gur
Times of Israel
Oct. 16, 2013

In an unscripted response to left-wing MKs on Tuesday in the Knesset plenum, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a glimpse of his views on the challenges of peacemaking.

The key challenge, in a word: Iran.

“Iran is a large empire,” Netanyahu explained to MKs assembled in the plenum for the Knesset’s 40-year commemoration of the Yom Kippur War. “Its offshoots are arrayed throughout the Middle East. It sends them against us. It is in de facto control of Syria, it controls Lebanon, it controls half the Palestinians through Hamas.”

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