PM Netanyahu's Remarks to Pope Francis at Memorial to Victims of Terrorism on Mt. Herzl
Edited by Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency
Jerusalem, Israel --- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning (Monday, 26 May 2014), at the memorial to victims of terrorism on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem, made the following remarks to Pope Francis:
"When my son was ten years old, his best friend was a girl, a beautiful Ethiopian girl, who sat next to him in class. One day she didn’t come. She was blown up in a bus not far from here because there was no fence, no security wall.
I’m grateful for your words today. Israel wants peace. Here we have a hospital, Hadassah Hospital. Palestinians come to this hospital. With the wall, they come. We cannot go to their hospitals, they come to our hospitals. We don’t teach our children to plant bombs. We teach them peace. But we have to build a security wall against those who teach the other side. But it cannot prevent the incitement to hate and terror and the destruction of Israel that permeates so much of the society on the other side of the fence. If that changes, then the walls could come down and we will have peace."