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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Transportation and Road Safety Minister Yisrael Katz, this morning (Wednesday, 3 July 2013), held a press conference following the publication of the tenders for new seaports. The decision to issue the tenders for the two ports was made in the wake of the great interest by international elements. The tender still reserves the possibility of building a single port.

Minister of Strategic and Intelligence Affairs and International Relations Dr. Yuval Steinitz, this afternoon (Tuesday, 2 July 2013), in Berlin, met with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and with German Finance Minister Dr. Wolfgang Schauble in order to discuss the continuation of international sanctions against the Iranian nuclear program.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this afternoon (Monday, 1 July 2013), met with International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President Peter Maurer and told him that he was very pleased to meet him, adding that the State of Israel would continue to cooperate with the ICRC. The two men discussed the possibility in Israeli water and health technologies.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Monday, 1 July 2013), met with Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta<http://www.pmo.gov.il/English/MediaCenter/Spokesman/Pages/spokeitaly300613.aspx> and said at the start of their meeting, "I am ready to go into the tent, the peace tent and stay in the tent until white smoke comes out."

Earlier, in their joint statements, Prime Minister Netanyahu said:

"We want peace. I want peace. We want to restart peace negotiations as soon as possible, without any obstacles. We have to get into the tent and stay in the tent and seek to end this conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. That’s our goal. That is Secretary Kerry’s efforts, which I think deserve consistent and constant European support, and I’m sure that Italy will give that support.

President Peres conducted a diplomatic work meeting with the Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Enrico Letta

President Peres to Prime Minister Letta on the attempt to restart peace talks:

 "The differences between the sides are small, especially in comparison with the dangers of not making peace"

President Peres on the situation in Egypt:

"There is no telling what will happen in Egypt but I pray that they will find a solution"

Prime Minister Letta to President Peres:

 "These very days something important is happening…we want to see hope become reality"