Netanyahu touts his first year in office

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during a press conference in Jerusalem, Wednesday, April 7, 2010.

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10:15, April 08, 2010

“The whole world is not against us,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday at a news conference, touting a list of accomplishments after his government finished the first year in office.

The prime minister, saying his government has implemented 1,500 measures during the past year, focused on internal issues for most part of his briefing, sharing only a few words on the international arena — a deadlock of peace process with Palestinians, nuclear trouble brewing with Teheran, and a gnawing diplomatic spat with Washington.

“Israel will position itself as a regional economic power, and as an international powerhouse in technology, anchored by its values, secure living and being at peace with its neighbors,” Netanyahu told reporters.

“There are many nations around the world — many of them extremely important — that may criticize us in certain areas, but they are also interested, for example, in connections with us in technology, agriculture, water, defense and other areas,” Netanyahu said, responding to a question from a reporter about the perception that Israel is growing more and more isolated on the world stage.

In regard to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Netanyahu said Israel has increased security and economic cooperation with the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) in the West Bank.

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