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No Palestinian state in West Bank, says Israeli minister

Israel's Deputy Defence Minister Eliyahu Ben-Dahan
Israel's Deputy Defence Minister Eliyahu Ben-Dahan

Israeli Minister of Agriculture Ori Ariel has said that there would never be a Palestinian state in the West Bank and has revealed a plan to increase the number of Israeli Jewish settlers to one million, Quds Press reported yesterday.

Quds Press said that Ariel delivered his remarks during a celebration of the 40th anniversary of establishing the illegal settlement of Karni Shamron on the Palestinian land of Qalqilya.

“We became half a million Jews in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] and we will become one million,” Ariel said. “There will be only one state between the river and the sea which is the state of Israel,” he reiterated.

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He added: “Unfortunately, some of the areas such as Jerusalem, Sinai, Judea and Samaria [the West Bank], the Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip are not in our hands.”

The minister called for imposing “Jewish domination” over Al-Aqsa Mosque, stating that the “utmost goal” is to impose full domination over the holy city.

Deputy Israeli Defence Minister Eli Ben Dahan has revealed that his ministry will start expansion works very soon on the highway leading to Karni Shamrom to mark the start of the Israeli Jewish development projects in the area.

He hopes that this settlement will become a megacity one day to let the world know that “we returned back to our country and we will never leave it because it is the land of Israel”.

Israeli Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem are considered illegal according to the international law.

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