Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he would never recognize a Palestinian state, senior Likud MK Miki Zohar revealed yesterday.
— @palestinechron (@PalestineChron) June 15, 2020
According to the Times of Israel, Zohar tweeted:
“The prime minister announced yesterday [Monday] at the faction meeting that in no constellation will the government or the Knesset recognize the principle of establishing a Palestinian state.”
Netanyahu, according to Zohar, stressed: “We will never recognize a Palestinian state!”
The Times of Israel said Netanyahu’s remarks came amid criticism from settler leaders who claim that his annexation plan would pave the way for a Palestinian state as envisioned by the US President Donald Trump’s so-called Deal of the Century.
— @palestinechron (@PalestineChron) June 16, 2020
Tump’s administration has indicated that it would accept Netanyahu’s annexation should he agreed on the creation of a Palestinian state on the remaining parts of the occupied West Bank.
At the same time, Zohar said that if the US insisted on the recognition of a Palestinian state, Israel would give up on annexation.
On May 24, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed his pledge to annex part of the occupied Palestinian West Bank in July.
— @palestinechron (@PalestineChron) June 17, 2020
Palestinians have expressed outrage, appealing to the international community to block the Israeli step, which, if implemented, would be considered the final nail in the two-state solution’s coffin.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on May 19 that the PA is canceling all agreements with Israel and the US, as a direct response to Israel’s annexation plans.
(Palestine Chronicle, MEMO, Social Media)