Netanyahu and his cabinet oppose Palestinian state, Israeli minister says ahead of U.S. visit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu opposes a Palestinian state, a senior Israeli cabinet member said on Monday, but left it unclear whether the prime minister would say that publicly in talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington this week.

Netanyahu has never explicitly abandoned his conditional support for a future Palestine, and his spokesman did not respond immediately to a request to comment on Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan’s remarks.

Erdan belongs to Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, whose leading members have often espoused a harder line than the prime minister himself.

“I think all members of the security cabinet, and foremost the prime minister, oppose a Palestinian state,” Erdan told Army Radio after the forum met on Sunday on the eve of Netanyahu’s departure for Washington for talks with Trump on Wednesday.

“No one thinks in the next few years that a Palestinian state is something that, God forbid, might or should happen,” he said in the interview.

But asked if Netanyahu would voice opposition to statehood on camera when he meets Trump, Erdan said: “The prime minister has to weigh things according to what he feels in the meeting and the positions he encounters there. No one knows what the positions of the president and his staff are.”

Palestinians seek to establish a state in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as its capital. Israel captured those areas in a 1967 war and pulled its troops and settlers out of Gaza in 2005.


Citing Israeli settlement activity, Palestinian leaders and the former U.S. administration of Barack Obama have questioned Netanyahu’s commitment, which he first made in a 2009 policy speech, to the so-called two-state solution to decades of conflict.

“It is not only their statements – what the government of the extreme right in Israel does on the ground prevents any chance of the establishment of a Palestinian state,” Wasel Abu Youssef, an official of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said of Erdan’s comments.

Since Trump took office last month, Netanyahu has approved construction of 6,000 settler homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, drawing international condemnation which the White House did not join.

In recent days, however, the Trump administration has taken a more nuanced position, saying building new settlements or expanding existing ones may not be helpful in achieving peace.

Netanyahu has spelled out terms for a future Palestine: its demilitarization, the stationing of Israeli troops in its territory and Palestinian recognition of Israel as the “nation-state” of the Jewish people.

Last month, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper said Netanyahu, in a closed-door meeting with Likud ministers, coined a new term “Palestinian state-minus” to describe his vision of limited Palestinian sovereignty.

Under interim peace deals, Palestinians, who number about 2.5 million in the West Bank, currently exercise limited self-rule in the territory, where some 350,000 Israeli settlers live.

Some members of Netanyahu’s government have called for the annexation of parts of the West Bank, a demand he has resisted.




17 responses to “Netanyahu and his cabinet oppose Palestinian state, Israeli minister says ahead of U.S. visit”

  1. Surprise !!!
    Netanyahu never believed in a Palestinian state .
    He believes in stealing it and that is what the settlements are about .
    The West Bank and East Jerusalem are now like swiss cheese . Israel has the cheese and the Palestinians have holes

    1. Again mental masturbation, “stealing”??? “Settlements” are political correct for communities, “West Bank or shore?” is political correct for Judea and Samaria

      1. Judea and Samaria existed as free kingdom during the Iron Age (10th century BC). That is almost 1000 years before the “greekification” and “romanization” of the Levant and 700 years before falling to the Assyrians and then Babylonians who became the kingdom of Aram at which time Israel stopped to exist as a nation. They revolted 150 years later and were totally annihilated and exiled. Some returned under Cyrus and formed a pan modern religious identity to encompass the known world until WWI-WWII when the zionists reinvented the jewishness as a people rather than a pan religion (like their modern day ISIS Caliphate cousins) as a religious state. Israel like ISIS and the KSA and the Mullahs in Iran have no place in modern human existence. Sooner or later their demise will come.

        1. You are escaping fact: Judea (Gush Etzion, Har Hevron, Megilot local councils) and Samaria, Mateh Binyamin, Emek HaYarden local consils are existing now districts, sure You are not recognizing them like corrupted “international community”
          Here is Samaria

        2. Hezbiibal, better get support for Aramaic font don’t be lazy or You have already?

      2. First time I hear that stealing is politically correct.
        In my dictionary stealing is a crime
        and criminals should be punished
        No matter what they steal
        Those stealing Palestinian land should definitely be punished . May be the Palestinians are incapable of punishing the thieves right now , but their time will no doubt come since nothing lasts forever and the price the thieves may have to pay will be a lot higher.
        As they say “what goes around comes around”

        1. i’m sorry, You are brainwashed, Arzna

  2. Falestinian (virtual) “state” is another one failed orabic group of tribes, families, clans.
    “Successful, in my opinion, can be called only nine Orabian states: Kuwait, Qatar and the seven states of the United Orab Emirates: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Ras al-Khaimah, Umm al-Quwain, Fujairah and Sharjah. This are successful, high-grade, quiet countries. At the heart of each of them – one tribe. Thus – and the legitimacy of state, and the legitimacy of power”

    1. You mean pacified cousins of yours as compared to the resistance against your hegemony?

      1. +hegemony+ are You crazy? Land of Israel is refuge camp (sorry for jews (and really for orabians falsetinians (not all they are terroristic, wild, are You want equality or are You want caliphat also instead of on place of Israel???)

  3. Expert on migration: more than 50 million Muslims approve the violence, “in the glory of Islam”

    1. (GT) Ruud Koopmans, a professor of sociology and migration processes in
      Berlin’s Humboldt University, gave an interview to the German edition of
      PR-Online, in which stated: more than 50 million Muslims support
      violence and those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam.

      In this regard, Koopmans, who also holds the post of Director of the
      Division for Migration Studies at the Berlin center of Social Sciences,
      called for the EU authorities to block entry to the territory of Europe
      as migrants, whose reliability has not been documented.

      The professor said that about half a billion adherents of the Muslim
      religion professed ultra-conservative version of Islam, which ignored
      the rights of women, homosexuals and followers of other religions.

      Of these, 500 million are not less than 10% recognize the violence, although not all are ready to carry it personally. However, they approve of radical Islamists, supported them
      financially, and provide shelter, at least, did not report to the
      authorities about their intentions.

      According to the most optimistic estimates, not less than 8% of
      Muslims living in Germany, approve violence against “infidels” and 11%
      agree with the following statement: “There are situations in which I use
      violence to defend my religion.”

      In several Muslim countries, 14% of the local population are suicide
      bombings, which killed civilians as legitimate and called to defend
      Islam, says Koopmans, based on the results of studies conducted by the
      American Institute Pew Research Center.

      emphasizes that he sees nothing wrong with an alien culture – as long
      as its members are willing to contact with the local population and
      enrich their traditions European countries. However, this does not apply to those who spread the medieval delusion, and these people should be taken “zero tolerance”. That
      is why it insists on the need to put migrants in transit zones and keep
      them there for as long as their identity and beliefs are studied

  4. The Government of Iraq reported on the elimination of “IS Finance Minister”
    On Monday, February 13 the Government of Iraq reported that as a
    result of the operation of the coalition forces against the “Islamic
    State” on the border with Syria were eliminated Muafak Mustafa Mohammed
    al-Karmush, “Minister of Finance”

    According to this report, during the operation 13 more senior militant “Islamic state” had been destroyed.

    to the Government of Iraq, it was hit on the building, which according
    to intelligence agencies, held a meeting of the IS leadership. In particular, the meeting was supposed to be the leader of group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Russian agency “Sputnik” reported that al-Baghdadi had been killed. However, other sources do not confirm this message.

    Note that this is not the first time the anti-terrorist coalition
    forces reported the death of “finance minister” of Islamic state. “In
    December 2015, the US military reported that Al-Karmush was killed in an
    air strike.

    Also appearing regularly reports on the elimination of al-Baghdadi. So, in October 2015 it was reported that he was wounded in an airstrike on Syria and Iraq border, but survived. (GT)

    June 14, 2016 on the death of the leader of the Caliphate news agency reported, “Al-Hamaca” associated with the IG. The report said that al-Baghdadi died on the fifth day of the holy month of Ramadan, ie on 10 June.

    23, 2017, European media reported that terrorist was seriously wounded
    in the air strike by the Western coalition locality Al Baadzh in
    northern Iraq

  5. So much for ad nauseamly blaming the Palestinians for not wanting Peace.

    1. speak with Ruud Koopmans

  6. Media called the true reason for the refusal of Merkel’s meeting with Netanyahu

  7. Japan sent a protest to Russia because of the naming of five Kuril Islands

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