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Senior Likud MK: Netanyahu understands there will be no Palestinian state

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on October 4, 2018 [Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 4 October 2018 [Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images]

Senior Likud MK Avi Dichter rejected the idea of a Palestinian state in remarks made on Sunday and said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shares his views, reported the Jerusalem Post.

“As far as I am concerned, there will be no Palestinian state alongside the State of Israel,” said Dichter, who chairs the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee.

“These things are well understood by Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu and have been understood by previous prime ministers as well,” he said.

“The Oslo Accords have failed. The idea that another state can be established between the State of Israel and Jordan doesn’t exist.”

Oslo Accords, the 25th Anniversary – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Dichter, who was head of Israeli intelligence agency Shin Bet from 2000-2005, also declared support for the formal annexation of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

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“If the solution is to apply Israeli law within the Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank], then the time has come to do so,” Dichter said.

According to the paper, “he pledged to push for sovereignty for the settlements in the Knesset when the new government is formed after the election.”

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