Israeli Official: There Must Be Reconciliation with Hamas

Yair Lapid. (Via CNN)

Head of the Israeli Yesh Atid party and former Finance Minister Yair Lapid has strongly criticized the Israeli government saying he expected it would collapse before the end of the year due to its policies, Palsawa reported Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth saying yesterday.

In an interview with Yedioth Ahronoth, Lapid said: “Israel is experiencing the worst time regarding relations with the international community because it is ignoring it.”

“Israel did not have to reject the French initiative immediately because Laurent Fabius, who proposed the initiative, is quitting politics in two weeks. Therefore, the government should have said it would study the initiative and then it will vanish within two months.”

According to Lapid, there is a chance of reaching a political solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict but the current government does not want this because it is a one of “cowards”.

“The issue is not a matter of a partner or not,” he said, referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pretext that there has been no Palestinian partner for peace. “We have to set up a regional committee in Riyadh or Cairo and discuss the two-state solution.”

Lapid also said: “There must be a reconciliation with Hamas through the United States and Israel has to accept building a seaport in Gaza because Hamas’s strong desire to have a seaport will prevent it from attacking Israel.”

He added: “In case there are assault tunnels, Israel has to immediately destroy them.”

The Israeli coalition government would collapse before the end of the year because the “current coalition, which consists of 61 Members of the Knesset is already broken down and is unable to do much”, he explained.


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