Netanyahu Says He Regrets Hebron Accord

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday said he regretted having signed the Hebron Protocol and would not have done so under circumstances like the present.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday said he regretted having signed the Hebron Protocol and would not have done so under circumstances like the present.

Netanyahu, commenting during a visit to the right-wing pirate radio channel "Arutz Sheva," said if he were in office today, he would re-conquer areas in Hebron under Palestinian control, because the Palestinians failed to live up to the agreements.

He said the Oslo process is dead: "Arafat buried it. We are no longer obliged by any part of Oslo. Arafat violated the core of the agreement. He is now head of the world's largest terrorist organization."

Netanyahu also criticized the government's policy of restraint. "A policy of restraint rather than of resolute response paves the way for deterioration. A resolute response is the natural way. The world expects it, the people of Israel expect it, and rightly so. I'm not saying there are no risks involved. But the risks of inaction are far greater."

Netanyahu said Israel could take steps to "paralyze" the Palestinian Authority, while allowing food and medication to pass freely to the territories.