Netanyahu's FIRM Rejection Of Foreign Pressure For Palestinian Statehood Speaks Volumes

By Victor Smiroff | Monday, 19 February 2024 10:30 AM
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The Israeli government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has unanimously approved a resolution stating its categorical refusal to accept any foreign attempts to establish a Palestinian state.

This decision was announced by Netanyahu at a cabinet meeting on Sunday morning, amidst growing international pressure, including from President Biden's administration, for Israel to accept a two-state solution following the recent conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

Netanyahu, addressing the cabinet in Hebrew, stated, "In light of the talk recently heard in the international community about an attempt to unilaterally impose a Palestinian state on Israel, I am bringing today a declarative decision on this issue for the approval of the government. I am sure it will be widely accepted."

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The approved declaration asserts, "Israel outright rejects international dictates regarding the permanent settlement with the Palestinians." It further stipulates that any such arrangement can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the concerned parties, without any preconditions. The declaration also emphasizes Israel's continued opposition to the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state, particularly in the aftermath of the October 7 massacre, arguing that such recognition would essentially reward terrorism and obstruct any future peace settlement.

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This sentiment was previously conveyed by Netanyahu to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, warning that direct or indirect recognition "would be a prize for those who planned and orchestrated the Oct. 7 massacre."

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Despite repeated calls from Biden and other U.S. officials for the Israeli conflict with Hamas to culminate in a two-state solution, Israel remains steadfast in its refusal. Over the past 75 years, Israel has made numerous attempts to negotiate a peace deal and a two-state solution with Palestinian and Arab leaders. However, all offers, including the initial 1947 UN partition plan that led to Israel's establishment, and Israeli offers in 2000 and 2008 that would have recognized a Palestinian state, have been rejected.

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Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, expressed his skepticism about the feasibility and advisability of a two-state solution to Fox News Digital last month.

He argued, "For more than 50 years, hundreds of self-proclaimed ‘peacemakers,’ led by the United States, have attempted to coerce Israel and the Palestinians into a two-state solution." Friedman, who served under former President Trump, added that these efforts have consistently failed due to the Palestinians' refusal to accept a Jewish State, the high risk of a Palestinian state becoming a terror state, and the potential destruction of Jewish and Christian holy sites in the absence of Israeli control over the West Bank.

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