​The terrorists fail to realize that our common, shared values are the source of our strength – the strength we summon to overcome the pain of our losses, and the strength we summon to defeat the tyranny the terrorists seek to impose on our civilization.

 PM Netanyahu attends Paris Climate Conference and meets with world leaders

 

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(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the climate conference in Paris today (Monday, 30 November, 2015):
"Thank you Mr. President.
Ladies and gentlemen,
       
I take this opportunity to again express the solidarity of the people of Israel with the people of France.
Both our peoples have long and bitter experience confronting terrorism. This is not surprising, because Israel and France have in common precisely those qualities that the terrorists seek to destroy: freedom, equality, pluralism, tolerance – democracy.
But the terrorists who struck down innocent people in Paris, well, they make the same mistake as their counterparts who strike down innocent people in Israel.
 
They fail to realize that those same shared values are the source of our strength – the strength we summon to overcome the pain of our losses, and the strength we summon to defeat the tyranny of the terrorists, the tyranny they seek to impose on our civilization, which always gets stronger, passing each test, overcoming each challenge.
We have to recognize that radical incitement and lies feed terrorism. Those who are committed to peace must fight incitement, must speak the truth.
If President Abbas is committed to peace, he must stop inciting his people against Israel, and start condemning the murder of innocents in Israel.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today we must focus on the security, not just of the nations of the world, but of the world itself.
And even as Israel plays a leading role in the fight against terrorism, we are also playing a leading role in addressing climate change.
This is a pivotal issue of our time. It’s a pivotal issue for developed nations; it’s a pivotal issue for developing nations. We are one planet, and climate knows no bounds.
And I heard the statements made here by representatives of many countries, including from Africa. We understand the distress and the need to have a global solution. Many initiatives have been brought forward in this conference and elsewhere, and I want to say first that Israel is committed to those goals and will act accordingly, in deed and in word to fulfill them.
But of all the solutions that we are talking about, there will be one element that ultimately will decide, in addition to our cooperation, whether we can meet the challenge. And that one element is technology.
Technology gives us the ability to do the unimaginable.
Last year Israel was ranked number one in the Global Clean-Tech Innovation Index.
We are a world leader in making the use of water more efficient, therefore more energy efficient. Israel is the number one recycler of water in the world. It has the highest ratio of water efficiency in the world – 70-80%, this is thanks to innovative technologies like drip irrigation, which I know many of you are familiar with.
For decades, Israel has been a pioneer in solar energy.
We are also developing state-of-the-art techniques to increase crop yields and to make desert agriculture possible.
This all optimizes the use of water and the use of energy, and that’s important for our environment.
My office has launched an initiative to reduce global dependence on crude oil, especially in transportation, by establishing Israel as a global leader in the search for fuel alternatives.
Israel is developing what I can call a smart energy grid, and that includes using residential housing, not merely as a consumer of energy, but as individual plants producing energy. This is truly the wave of the future.
Everything that I’m talking about here has one goal. It’s to optimize our resources; optimize the way we allocate our resources.
Israel has had to optimize all its life. We had no material resources. We had precious water, very little water, we had to do more with less. Since I mentioned water, understand that our rainfall in the 67 years of Israel’s independence has almost halved, our population has grown ten times, our GDP per capita has grown forty times. We have no water problem. We have learned to do more with less. This is what we as a planet must learn to do. We must learn to do more with less.
Israel is a small country with big ideas.
I believe that it’s not enough that we have those ideas, or that we apply those ideas in our own country. We are eager to share them with you, both individually and as a collective body as well.
So I invite you to join us in working to address climate change and other environmental challenges, to make our world a safer, healthier and more peaceful place for our generation and for generations to come.
And since I spoke about efficiency, I think, I’m not sure, but I think I actually kept my time allotted, so I thank you very much for your attendance.
Thank you very much.
Thank you all."
 
PM Netanyahu Meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Monday, 30 November 2015), at the climate conference in Paris, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Prime Minister Netanyahu:
"Mr. President. It’s good to see you again. This is our second meeting after our meeting in Moscow, and we also use the telephone to communicate.
I think that, as you say, the events of recent days prove the importance of our coordination, our de-confliction mechanisms, our attempts to cooperate with each other to prevent unnecessary accidents and tragedies and I believe that we’ve been successful. It’s important.
Secondly, I think we are engaged in a big battle against militant Islam, the terrorism it spews forward, the savagery, the barbarism. And this is another point of contact in addition to many others that we’re engaged in.
I hope that Israel and Russia can see eye to eye on all the strategic matters, but I want to assure you that we believe that it’s within our powers to have very good coordination on the ground and in the air so that we do not create the kind of problems that we’ve been experiencing.
I’m very satisfied by the fact that our militaries have been very careful to coordinate with one another and will continue to do so. I think this is an indication of the openness and the success of the relationship between Israel and Russia, our relationship. It’s good to see you again."
Russian President Putin:
"Distinguished Prime Minister, it’s my pleasure to have a meeting with you on the sidelines of today’s event.
I remember our detailed talk when you visited me in Moscow.
Very many dramatic developments, including dramatic ones have been happening globally. But let me start with congratulations on the coming Chanukah holiday. It’s a very good and bright holiday that symbolizes the victory, the triumph of light over dark. And I really hope that in international affairs we’ll have it this way as well.
We are satisfied with the progress of bilateral relations. And let me note that the mechanism that has been promoted by you and proposed by you presupposes contacts between the militaries to prevent incidents due to the dramatic developments in the region has been efficient. And we also have advances in other spheres as well."
 
PM Netanyahu Meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
 
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Monday, 30 November 2015), at the climate conference in Paris, met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and invited him to visit Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Netanyahu:
"I’m delighted to see Prime Minister Trudeau. We’ve had a chance to speak on the telephone. Canada and Israel have had superb relations. There’s a foundation there to make these relations even stronger. Very practical things that are of interest to both our peoples, and I look forward to having that conversation with you. Now I’m inviting you to Israel at your earliest opportunity."
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau:
 
"Indeed it would be a pleasure to return to Israel when it works out, but in general this is really about starting and continuing… starting a conversation to continue the very strong friendship and relationship between Canada and Israel. We have many issues to talk about, to discuss, but also many issues to collaborate on, and I look forward to continuing the strong friendship that Canada has shown towards Israel for decades, and will continue for ongoing times."
 
Prime Minister Netanyahu also met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe andother world leaders. 
 
The meetings were warm and friendly; the war on global terrorism was among the issues discussed.