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Dep. Minister Hotovely: the Solution Is Greater Israel without Gaza

"This is not an instantaneous plan, it's a plan for a generation."
Transportation Deputy Minister MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud-Beiteinu) says the current political negotiation is different from previous ones in its quest for a Palestinian state within temporary borders, but it will result in a Palestinian state with a UN representation, which will harm Israel.

Transportation Deputy Minister MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud-Beiteinu) says the current political negotiation is different from previous ones in its quest for a Palestinian state within temporary borders, but it will result in a Palestinian state with a UN representation, which will harm Israel.
Photo Credit: Abir Sultan/Flash 90

Speaking at a Spoke at a conference of Professors for a Strong Israel in Jerusalem Sunday, Transportation Deputy Minister MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud-Beiteinu) said the solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict lies in annexing Judea and Samaria and turning Israel into a Jewish state with a small Arab minority enjoying equal rights.

The conference debated an option of transforming the Hashemite Kingdom in Jordan into a Palestinian state. “The Jordanian initiative is good, but there’s a problem with it—we don’t control it,” Hotovely said. “There may be a revolution there tomorrow or in a hundred years. We need an additional option which would be an active Israeli initiative: the vision of Greater Israel, with one correction – it would be without Gaza.”

“This is not an instantaneous plan, it’s a plan for a generation,” Hotovely added.

According to Hotovely, the plan of annexing the territories of Judea and Samaria, including its Arab population, which would enjoy equal rights and obligations, “is absolutely possible, with a few emphasized points: bolstering aliyah, which has been neglected in the last decade, and bringing over about a million and a half Jews who would cover the demographic problems. In addition, we must have control over Palestinian and Israeli Arab education, to prevent incitement and to implement the Basic Law of the Knesset.”

According to Hotovely, “It isn’t right that [late MK Rabbi Meir] Kahane is illegal, but Zoabi and Balad (Arab anti-Zionist party) are legal. When all is said and done, this is a national, not a bi-national state, with an Arab minority which would grow only by about 5% compared to its size today.”

Regarding the negotiations going on right now between Israel and the Palestinians, Hotovely said that Prime Minister Netanyahu had entered the negotiations with a heavy heart and under heavy American pressure.

“As prime minister, if he sees it as an Israeli interest, he must pursue it. We have the responsibility to present the alternatives, as in this conference today.”

MK Hotovely said the current political negotiation is different from previous ones in its quest for a Palestinian state within temporary borders. What will remain unresolved would be the fact that the Palestinians do not recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, there is no solution for the refugees and there is no arrangement regarding Jewish settlements.

“Nevertheless, it will result in a bona fide Palestinian state with a UN representation, which will harm Israel,” Hotovely said.

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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14 Responses to “Dep. Minister Hotovely: the Solution Is Greater Israel without Gaza”

  1. Jacob Alperin-Sheriff says:

    An Arab minority which would grow only 5%? The number of Arabs in East Jerusalem (they aren't citizens now) and the West Bank is estimated to be 2.65 million. The number of Arabs within the Green Line is (according to Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics) 1.3 million.

    This is a large enough population that the Arabs can have a serious effect on Knesset if they decide to turn out in proportion to their population (45 seats would not be out of the question for Arab parties, look up the demos).

  2. What I said before the best is a federation like Switzerland, this can devided in cantons, provinces or land, divided almost like that, North Gallilea, South Galilea, West Jerusalem, East Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, North Neguev, Sotuth Neguev, etc:, something like that, together will bring peace and wealth, only is to look Switherland, they speak German, French, Italian and Romanche.

  3. Also for the Israel-Palestine federation I forgot to mention Gaza.

  4. Also for the Israel-Palestine federation I forgot to mention Gaza.

  5. Abraham Santiago says:

    The real solution must include Gaza. Gaza is part of Israel.

  6. Israel is Israel…not so much as one square centimeter of land can be given away…especially a declared enemy intent upon our destruction.

  7. TeachESL says:

    buberzionist Yup. That’s what TzipiHotovely is saying!

  8. One correction: Annex and then end the illegal Muslim Occupation of all of Israel. They are not native to Israel. They came sword in hand to conquer and occupy our land. They should be treated as any other colonial usurper, and kicked out.

  9. just forget about Gaza,in it's hostile condition,as also they mentioned in this article;without Gaza..

  10. Yes, you are right, but, it will take time, hope, chance and opportunity to the Gazean, they are not happy with their situation and will preffer get together with the federation.

  11. Bull****! How much the security/military budget cost us per year?!!! Pay them off 1 milion $ per head of the femily, let them sign the agreement thay wont have any further claims from the Israel and that's it! All those normal Arabs that want to be loyal citizens may stay. Problem solved! If the family can not make a new life with 1 milion $ ~ **** them. Than they are worthy of death.

  12. It would be insane for Israel to reclaim Area A and the parts of Area B already tentatively transferred to the Arabs, containing 95% of the Arab population of the West Bank, which would constitute a demographic and security threat to Israel and all its Jewish inhabitants. And it would be equally insane to give up a significant amount of additional land there to the jihadist Arabs, which they could use for stationing tens of thousands of rockets aimed at Tel Aviv and Netanya, to annihilate the Jews in Israel's coastal heartland. Netanyahu, if he had any guts, would proclaim Israel's legal right to all of the West Bank, per the Levy Committee reasoning, and indicate his willingness to give up only a small portion of the remaining land, in non-strategic areas, with minimal displacement of existing populations.

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