Prime Minister Netanyahu responded to United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s warning Saturday of the possibility of a “one-state solution” if the Palestinian Authority was to collapse. Netanyahu clarified that “Israel will not be a binational state.”
Kerry called for renewal of negotiations and peace talks and stated: “If you are not sitting down, if all you are doing is hurling invective at each other on a daily basis, there is no prayer of beginning that kind of conversation. He warned that the “level of distrust between them has never been more profound,” referring to Israel and the Palestinians. A “one-state solution is no solution at all for a secure, Jewish, democratic Israel living in peace, it is simply not a viable option.”
During his weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu stated: “In order to have peace, the other side must decide it too wants peace. Unfortunately, this is what we see: Primarily, the incitement in the Palestinian Authority continues. Then I see the chief Palestinian negotiator visiting the family of a terrorist who tried to murder Jews. Not only is he not condemning, he’s going to offer his condolences.”
Speaking at the Saban Forum in a video call on Sunday, Netanyahu reiterated that the “only workable solution is not a unitary state, but a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state.”
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