April 24th, 2012
08:00 PM ET

Netanyahu: Israel 'not seeking to dominate anyone'

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel seeks peace with its neighbors, and "we're not seeking to dominate anyone." In an exclusive interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Netanyahu described Israel as "a vibrant democracy. Tremendously creative. Has wild entrepreneurs. They're curing diseases around the world. Your cell phone probably has four or five Israeli IT applications inside it. It's just changing the world."

Netanyahu says Israel inspires its children to succeed, not to seek out conflict and war. "We don't teach our children to say, 'I want to be a doctor, I want to be a dentist, or I want to be a technologist and I want to fight the Arabs.'"

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  1. Stopoil

    The ONLY reason there is no peace agreement is that Palestinians who are 94% Muslim elected Hamas who is committed to destroy Israel and replace it with an Islamic state. This is the elephant in the room the press including Erin continues to ignore. Of course Israel will act to protect itself. If you acted like that in any other country you would be in jail. It is time to pressure the Palestinians to reject fundamentalist Islam and elect a government willing to negotiate a real lasting peace with Israel. This is the real issue and to not even discuss it is bizarre.

    April 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  2. Jeannie

    Sorry Netanyahu, but your actions speak louder than the words coming from your mouth.

    April 26, 2012 at 9:21 am | Reply
  3. Dave B

    Erin's approach was not good. Maybe the words were right but the tone was wrong. It felt like light chatter and she was only interested in a short answers and on to her next question. I'm curious about Erin's thoughts about being in Israel and whether she felt alienated or connected in any way.

    April 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  4. Mark Kover

    What a disappointing interview. When Burnett starts the interview with the leader of a foreign nation and a close ally with the comment that he is a player in American politics, what followed was a complete waste of time. What did she expect would be the outcome of that question? Of course, she continued follow-up after follow-up even when Mr. Netanyahu politely told her that he as the leader of a foreign nation he would not involve himself in U.S. politics and that she wouldn’t get anything else from him on that subject.
    She then tried to make the point with other respondents that Young American Jews were not supportive of Israel because of the occupation of Palestine-based upon a particular book that she found to be interesting. What exactly is her agenda?

    April 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Reply
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    April 25, 2012 at 6:50 am | Reply
  6. michael collonie

    Erin Burnett in my opion show how much she is not ready for prime time.Netanyahu had to admonish her twice for trying to bate him into childish disrespect of a sitting president" when she asked who did he favor? President Obama
    over MITT Romney.And if that was not enough she tried to get him to repeat her foolishness when she said that he had a great influence on american politics" and he simply replied that he was the head of his own country.And again if that was not enough. she tried to drive a wedge between American Jews and ISRAELI JEWS when she said that american
    jews dont love ISRAEL" i think she should be fired" when the world is watching CNN this kind of thought less journalism
    must not be allowed" we need more than a pretty face.GOD help us "We as AMERICANS and the JEWISH community
    can do better.Any one who read this post please join me in the protest against Ms ERIN BRUNETT.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:41 am | Reply
    • Pat Mason

      Erin Burnett was unprofessional and disrespectful in her interview with Prime Minister Netanyahu.

      Benjamin Netanyahu and most Americans want future peace talks to begin between Israel and Palestine.

      However, Erin Burnett was biased and seemed to want to stir up more division with her "gotcha" questions to the

      Prime Minister of Israel.

      CNN should be ashamed for allowing such a biased interview.

      April 26, 2012 at 8:40 am | Reply
  7. sahar

    i do not agree with Netanyahu on most issues, however when he says that people of Iran are different from the islamist terrorist regime in Tehran, he is right!

    April 25, 2012 at 4:19 am | Reply
  8. Lee G

    Thank you for presenting the thoughtful interview with Prime Minister Netanyahu. It was wonderful to hear a civil and intelligent discussion about the issues surrounding the Middle East.

    April 25, 2012 at 3:13 am | Reply

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