World Bulletin / News Desk
Gabay, leader of the Israeli Labor Party, made the remarks at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which convened Sunday evening in Washington D.C.
He also criticized Israel’s continued policy of building Jewish-only settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories under the right-wing government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Gabay, who heads up the Zionist Camp opposition coalition, also welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Referring to the U.S. administration’s plan to restart stalled Palestine-Israel peace talks, he said: “I hope President Trump's plan will begin to restore confidence. We should not give up on this dream.”
“We should separate ourselves from the Palestinians,” Gabay added, expressing his belief that the achievement of peace would serve to ensure Israel’s long-term security.
Reiterating the longstanding Israeli position vis-à-vis Iran, Gabay went on to assert that Tehran should not be allowed to maintain a nuclear program.
“Nor will we allow [Lebanon’s] Hezbollah to attack our citizens in northern Israel, and we will not allow Hamas [in the Gaza Strip] to threaten those living in southern Israel,” he said.
The annual AIPAC conference was attended by a large number of Israeli officials, including PM Netanyahu.
Palestine-Israel peace talks broke down in 2014, due largely to Israel’s refusal to end its longstanding policy of settlement-building in the occupied West Bank.
Protestors march from Bryant Park to United Nations headquarters
U.S. withdrew from UN rights council, accusing it of being hypocritical and biased against Israel
New rule is latest effort by Trump to dismantle former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act
Foreigners buy over 2,400 houses, marking a 36.1 percent rise year-on-year, according to official report
Over 1.4 million Turkish expats have cast their votes
Antonio Guterres 'would have much preferred for the United States to remain in the Human Rights Council,' spokesman says
Long sentence would set ‘strong precedent’ against Islamophobia
"Officials do not want to report these crimes," Trump says without presenting any evidence
Israeli national security adviser meets Russian counterpart in Moscow to discuss Syrian developments
NATO's breakdown is not inevitable -- we can maintain it, and all the benefits we derive, argues Jens Stoltenburg
Some interesting facts about Muslim nations and the players in this year’s competition.
Global tide of forcibly displaced people rose 2.9M last year; Turkey hosts largest refugee population, most Syrians
Republican-controlled Senate votes 85-10 for fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said earlier that nearly 40 foreign fighters allied to Syria's regime were killed in the raid in eastern Syria.
Osman Askin Bak says Turkey prepared to host 2024 UEFA European Football Championship