Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lectured to Israeli ambassadors about regional concerns Thursday night at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem.
Regarding the Palestinians, Netanyahu said, "The [Palestinian] right of return spells the end of Israel. Hamas could take over the Palestinian Authority any day, which is why we need solidified defense agreements and a diplomatic accord that ensures the recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people, and a [Palestinian] declaration of the end of the conflict."
Netanyahu stated that Iran still remains Israel's "number one threat. I drew a red line, and Iran has yet to cross it. It is our ongoing duty to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons." The prime minister believes that in the short term, "the Middle East will continue to be shaken up, though in the long run I believe there is a chance for change if Iran is prevented from having military nuclear capability."
Other speakers addressed the ambassadors, among them Israel Security Agency chief Yoram Cohen, National Security Council head Yaakov Amidror, and chief of the IDF Plans and Policy Directorate Maj. Gen. Nimrod Sheffer.
Some attendees afterward claimed that the lectures didn't involve any classified information, and just presented the diplomats with information available in the news.
Meanwhile, MK Gilad Erdan (Likud) said on behalf of Netanyahu that if Hatnuah ("The Movement") Chairwoman Tzipi Livni was to be part of the next government, she would not get the foreign minister portfolio or be assigned a role in leading international relations.