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Just one in five Israeli ministers openly back two-state solution

Ayelet Shaked
Israeli Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked. [File photo]

Just four of Israel’s 20 cabinet ministers are clearly on the record in support of a two-state solution, according to an informal poll conducted by Walla News.

Nine ministers, meanwhile are explicitly opposed to the two-state solution, while the views of seven others remain unknown.

The nine open rejectionists are Likud ministers Ze’ev Elkin, Ofir Akunis, Gila Gamliel, Yariv Levin, Yisrael Katz and Miri Regev, and Jewish Home ministers Naftali Bennett, Ayelet Shaked and Uri Ariel.

The report notes that Avigdor Lieberman is “at least on the record, in support of a Palestinian state”, while ministers Moshe Kahlon, Yoav Galant and Tzachi Hanegbi, “have also expressed support in one form or another.”

Some ministers did not respond to the poll, such as Gilad Erdan, Yuval Steinitz and Yisrael Katz (all from Likud), as well as two Shas party ministers, Arye Dery and David Azoulay.

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  • James Mendelsohn

    Just out of interest, how many MEMO contributors support a two-state solution?