"Now I know that some in Europe say that they are frustrated with the situation in the Middle East. Well let me tell you a secret. We in Israel are frustrated with the situation in the Middle East. (…) The simple truth is that half of Palestinian society has been taken over by Islamist extremists who openly call for Israel's destruction, while the other half refuses to confront the first half. So when Europeans say that they are frustrated, we say, 'Join the club'. (...) It was said then that Hamas uses terror to destroy the peace, and it is said now that Hamas uses terror because there is no peace. Well, the truth is that Hamas uses terrorism against Israel because it's a terrorist organization committed to Israel's destruction. It's as simple as that."
Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanjahu in seiner Ansprache an die Vertreter der ausländischen Journalisten beim Jahresempfang des Regierungspressebüro GPO in Jerusalem, 17.Dezember