Future Palestinian state must be demilitarized: Netanyahu



TORONTO- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that a future Palestinian state must be effectively demilitarized to prevent Iran setting up a proxy state in the West Bank.
"We must ensure that we achieve a peace that is anchored in security, the only peace that will endure is a peace we can defend," Netanyahu said, speaking to some 7,000 members of Toronto's Jewish community at a pro-Israel rally.



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to participants in the United Jewish Appeal's Walk for Israel in Toronto.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to participants in the United Jewish Appeal's Walk for Israel in Toronto.
"A future Palestinian state must be effectively demilitarized.
Netanyahu is on a visit to Canada ahead of a trip to Washington to discuss with US President Barack Obama fragile US-brokered indirect peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Israel has pushed for the talks to focus on security.
Netanyahu said that after previous Israeli withdrawals from southern Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, the areas were taken over by Iranian-supported Hezbollah and Hamas.
"We cannot afford to have that mistake repeated a third time, we cannot afford a Iranian presence on the hills over Tel Aviv." he said.
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Monday, May 31st 2010
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