Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that “a Palestinian state would mean a terror state,” during a joint press conference with Germany’s outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel, according to Israeli media.
Merkel reiterated Germany’s traditional position, saying that she believes that a two-state solution remains the best way to end Israel’s decades-long conflict with the Palestinians.
— The Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) October 10, 2021
“I think that on this point, even if at this stage it seems almost hopeless, the idea of a two-state solution should not be taken off the table, it should not be buried … and that the Palestinians should be able to live securely in a state,” Merkel said.
“A Palestinian state would mean a terror state,” Bennett said in response to Merkel’s remarks. “Based on our experience, the meaning of a Palestinian state means that very likely there will be established a terror state, roughly seven minutes from my house and from almost any point in Israel,” he added.
A Palestinian state would 'likely be a terror state,' Prime Minister Naftali Bennett tells visiting Angela Merkelhttps://t.co/W93gVxHSmt
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) October 10, 2021
Merkel reiterated Germany’s commitment to Israel, despite some disagreements on the Palestinian Issue, Haaretz noted.
“We sometimes disagree on questions such as whether there should be a two-state solution with the Palestinians,” Haaretz reported Merkel as saying,”but we agree, I think, that there must always be a vision of a lasting democratic Jewish State of Israel.”
(Palestine Chronicle, MEMO, Social Media)