BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – Prime Minister of Austria Sebastian Kurz stated that Austria “fully condemn all acts of violence, inside Israel, at its borders and beyond”, while addressing at the AJC Global Forum 2018 in Jerusalem, Monday.
“And for the first time there is a clear and formal commitment in the coalition program to Israel as a Jewish state. As Austrians we will support Israel whenever it is threatened. We will be committed to the historical moral obligation that we have as Austrians towards the security of Israel within our capacity as a neutral country. It’s our moral obligation, that this is part of our ‘Staatsrason’, meaning in the national interest of my home country. This means: the security of Israel and the Jewish people is not negotiable to us. ” Kurz began.
“We understand the serious security threats Israel is facing. We therefore fully condemn all acts of violence, inside Israel, at its borders and beyond. The security situation of Israel is not comparable to any other country because we all know: when it comes to war, other countries may lose one or more battles, but can still survive. With Israel, it’s different. Israel is a strong but small country. It cannot afford to lose even one single battle, as this would determine its end.” he continued
“I truly hope that the future for the Middle East will not bring further wars but that the region can grow together in peace. That not only a two-state-solution is possible through bilateral negotiations of the two parties but also the region at large will be able to settle its existing conflicts,” he added.
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