Israeli minister and Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett reaffirmed his opposition to the establishment of a Palestinian state yesterday, responding to remarks made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump.
Bennett threatens to quit government if Palestinian state established https://t.co/2cq9McBR4M
— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) September 26, 2018
As reported by the Jerusalem Post, Bennett took to Twitter to declare that “as long as the Bayit Yehudi [Jewish Home] is in the government, there will be no Palestinian state. That would be a disaster for Israel”. He did, however, add that Trump “is a true friend of Israel”.
Bennett’s party colleague MK Bezalel Smotrich said it would “be very strange if he [Trump] repeated the mistakes of his predecessors” and “try to promote a solution based on the establishment of a hostile terrorist entity that would continue to strive to destroy the State of Israel”.
The words @netanyahu is afraid to repeat out loud, even if this is exactly what he means. Because when it comes to a future Palestinian state, the Israeli PM is being pulled by Trump on one side & hardliner Bennett on the other. Analysis ?? https://t.co/5V189b94iL
— Noa Landau (@noa_landau) September 26, 2018
According to the Jerusalem Post,
“Smotrich called on the Netanyahu to present alternative out-of-the-box ideas to the US that do not involve dividing the Land of Israel or ‘fostering national illusions’ among Arabs”.
Although Trump stated a preference for a two-state solution yesterday, in a subsequent press conference he returned to a theme he first expressed in February 2017, namely that the US would support whatever solution – one-state or two-states – that Israel and the Palestinians prefer.
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)