Contradicting statements by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and senior officials, Deputy Defence Minister Danny Danon has repeated his claim that Israel’s ruling party and the governing coalition are strongly opposed to a two-state solution. The Likud-Beiteinu member also tweeted that Israel will block the creation of a Palestinian state if such a proposal ever came to a vote.
He also claimed that the Israeli government is in discussions with Jordan and Egypt over the future of the Palestinians. According to Danon, the majority of the West Bank will have to remain under Israel’s control. The rest, he said, would be administered by the neighbouring countries with which Israel has peace treaties.
The deputy minister insisted that the Palestinians should not be given the chance to establish an independent state. He warned Israelis about committing “mistakes” similar to those in the past, “such as the Oslo Accords and unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip”.
Danon told the Times of Israel last week that the government has had no discussion, resolution or vote about the two-state solution. “If you will bring it to a vote in the government – nobody will bring it to a vote, it is not smart to do it – but if you do bring it to a vote, you will see the majority of Likud ministers, along with the Jewish Home Party, will be against it.”