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Israel's Deputy FM: No Apologies for Our Policies


JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israel owes no apologies for its policies in the land God gave to the Jewish people. That's the word from Israel's new deputy foreign minister.

Tzipi Hotovely delivered that message in a speech to the nation's diplomats on Thursday. Hotovely, an Orthodox Jew, referenced the Bible frequently in her remarks.

At 36, Hotovely is among a young generation in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party who supports construction in Jewish towns and cities in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and opposes surrendering any of Israel's biblical heartland to the Palestinian Authority.

"We expect, as a matter of principle, the international community to recognize Israel's right to build homes for Jews in their homeland everywhere," she said.

Hotovely is currently the country's top full-time diplomat.

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