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Bennett: ‘The Idea of Establishing a Palestinian State Reached a Dead End’

The only real solution is "to build, to build, to build" in Judea and Samaria.
Minister Naftali Bennett wants to impose Israeli rule on the C area.

Minister Naftali Bennett wants to impose Israeli rule on the C area.

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Jewish Home Minister Naftali Bennett stated that the very idea of a Palestinian state in Eretz Israel has reached a dead end.

“Our biggest problem is the unwillingness of Israeli leaders to state clearly that Eretz Israel belongs to the nation of Israel,” Bennett said at a conference inJerusalem of the Yesha Council (Yesha is an acronym for Judea and Samaria).

He added that the only real solution is “to build, to build, to build” in Judea and Samaria. In his opinion, the Palestinian problem does not require a solution, it requires getting used to living with it.

Bennett gave an example of a friend of his from the Army, who took a shrapnel in his lower body, and continued to suffer intermittent pain attacks as a result. The doctors told him they could remove the shrapnel, but there was a 50 percent chance that he would become paralyzed as a result.

Bennett challenged his audience, to see how many of them would have opted for the surgery and a chance of paralysis, compared to learning to live with the pain. The answer was obvious: the Palestinian shrapnel will continue to cause Israel pain, but a final solution could cripple the Jewish state for good.

Bennett advocated imposing Israeli rule in the C area of the disputed territories, and there to invest a great deal in improving the lives of both Israelis and Palestinians.

Likud MK Ze’ev Elkin who spoke at the same conference said this was strictly Bennett’s view and it did not represent the opinion of Prime Minister Netanyahu or the government.

Elkin said that despite his own general approval for Bennett’s view, he also recognizes that the coalition government includes partners like Tzipi Rivlin, whose views on the same issue are diametrically opposed to Bennett’s.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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4 Responses to “Bennett: ‘The Idea of Establishing a Palestinian State Reached a Dead End’”

  1. Jane Smith says:

    Good. Let them make it out of Jordan.

  2. IF they had their state, what would they do? They have no skills besides bomb building, they have no professionals, they have nothing. If they didn’t have Eretz Yisrael to complain about, they would disband and go to their original homelands (which, by the way is NOT Eretz Yisrael!)…. The whole myth of ‘Palestinians’ would simply go away. 2 state solution? They have 56 other ‘states’ to move on to…

  3. The only way to live together is in federated country like Switzerland.

  4. Tim Upham says:

    Naftali Bennett is contradicting himself. He calls for Israeli rule over Area C in the West Bank, but not over the entire West Bank. Does that not leave open the Arab League's proposal for land swaps?

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