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Israel's economy minister says 'no' to Palestinian state

February 10, 2014 at 11:34 am

Israel’s Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett has said that he is against the establishment of a Palestinian state, or even giving the Palestinians any land. During an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 television Bennett, who is the leader of the right-wing “The Jewish Home” party, was confronted for his extreme stances. The presenter explicitly asked him to leave the Israeli government since he does not adhere to its policies, and only serves his own interests.

Bennett responded by warning that the Palestinians “are trying to kill the Israelis and Abu Mazen does not want to sign any peace agreement. When I joined the government I said that I respect the previous agreements but this does not mean that I will agree to any future agreements. The more land we give to the Palestinians, the more they kill us. You have to understand that. The solution is to divide the West Bank into areas A, B and C. I’m against the establishment of a Palestinian state and against our withdrawal from any lands. I will not allow granting any piece of land to the Palestinians in the next thirty years. Israel will only find terrorism from the Palestinians.”

Meanwhile, Israel’s chief negotiator Tzipi Livni suggested that the only way to solve the Palestinian-Israel conflict is through negotiations, and Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian chief negotiator, stressed that the negotiations could even reach a peace agreement within the next five months.