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PM Rejects Danon’s Statement that Govt Opposes 2-State Solution

"There was never a government discussion, resolution or vote about the two-state solution."
Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon says the majority in the current government are against a Palestinian State.

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon says the majority in the current government are against a Palestinian State.
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Officials in the Prime Minister’s office have told Reshet Bet Radio that statements made by Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon to Times of in Israel do not represent the Prime Minister’s position nor the position of the Government of Israel. According to these officials, Netanyahu is interested in renewing the peace process negotiations without preconditions, and his statements about a two-state solution is still in effect. In fact, the sources reiterate, Netanyahu is calling on the Palestinian Authority to begin without delay the talks, in which all the contested issues will be discussed. The Palestinian Authority state its demands, and Israel will bring up its demands, which will include, among other things, strict security arrangements, recognition of Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people and declaring an end to the conflict.

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon told Times of Israel that the Likud and the governing coalition are “staunchly opposed to a two-state solution and would block the creation of a Palestinian state if such a proposal ever came to a vote.”

“Look at the government,” Danon told the news website, “there was never a government discussion, resolution or vote about the two-state solution. If you will bring it to a vote in the government — nobody will bring it to a vote, it’s not smart to do it — but if you bring it to a vote, you will see the majority of Likud ministers, along with the Jewish Home [party], will be against it.”

“The international community can say whatever they want, and we can do whatever we want,” Danon said.

Labor MK Nachman Shai criticized Danon’s remarks, saying the Knesset should debate his statements, especially in light of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent push for kickstarting the talks and his announcement that time was running short.

“Is Danny Danon the child who discovered that the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes?” MK Shai wondered.

Palestinian Authority foreign minister Riyad al-Malki on Saturday reiterated the Palestinian commitment to relaunch peace talks, in order to achieve peace and establish an independent state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, Ma’an reported.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said last week that he wants to return to negotiations “as soon as possible.”

“The ball is in the Israeli court,” Abbas told reporters in Ramallah. “Palestinian demands are known by Israel and the U.S., and now it’s time for Israel to accept them in order to start the negotiations.”

PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said earlier that the Palestinians were making “every possible effort” to help Kerry succeed in bringing the two sides to the table.

And so, the stalemate remains as it was: the Palestinians demand their preconditions, the Israelis demand there be no preconditions, and Kerry is expected, according to sources in Ramallah, to be visiting the area one more time, possibly as early as this week.

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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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9 Responses to “PM Rejects Danon’s Statement that Govt Opposes 2-State Solution”

  1. if we do this we give up are right to the land of Israel that well never happen.

  2. The Palestinians already have their country, right where it is. What is the rush to have " peace talks" when we already know what the Palestinians want isn't acceptable. If Israel is in such a hurry to hand over the country, do it and move on.

  3. Lori Lowenthal Marcus says:

    Nachman Shai: Yes, the Emperor has no clothes. Have you not realized that yet?

  4. Clare Spark says:

    The 1967 borders and East Jerusalem to the Palestinians? Are they kidding?

  5. Yochanan Efráyim Hernandez says:

    The question comes up over and over: should we (Israe)l give up land for peace?

    There are several reasons why we should not trade land for peace, not the least of which is that "land for peace" defies common sense.

    Peace comes when the adversaries sincerely want peace, i.e., they have had enough of bloodshed and wish to focus on building rather than destroying. Genuine peace can't be bought or bartered, because the side that demands land (or money) has even less incentive for maintaining peace once it has been paid off.

    Note also that Israel's enemies demand we give back all of the land captured during the Six Day War. Part of what they are trying to do here is get us to lend credence to their claim that the land is under "illegal occupation." They also know that we will never give back all of the captured land as it would leave the country indefensible; it's a great PR ploy for them to demand something they know will never happen.

    Aside from what Israel's enemies demand, are we morally obligated to eventually return all of the captured land? Just the opposite: Israel is morally obligated to never give back all of the captured land. Contrary to demands that Israel return to its '67 borders, Israel's enemies never recognized Israel's '67 borders.

    To give back all of the captured land would be wrong for three reasons: 1) it would send the message that there is no penalty for attacking Israel for 50+ years, 2) it would be to dishonor those who died or were wounded defending Israel since 1967, and 3) it would leave Israel with indefensible borders. (There are many other reasons that argue against it, such as that it would mean relinquishing Judiasm's holiest site to people who have repeatedly desecrated Jewish holy sites.)

    When Israel's enemies are truly ready for peace, they — like Egypt and Jordan — will stop demanding all of the captured territory. Israel has already given back most of the captured land (the Sinai) and has offered 97% of the West Bank and Gaza. Given how small Israel is, and the existential threat it faces, if Israel's enemies truly wanted peace they would accept 97%.

    Holding out for 3% plus the right to settle one million Arabs inside Israel, plus their maps showing "Palestine" encompassing all of Israel, shows that "peace" is not what they are after.

  6. You said it, Yohanan. I cannot understand why the US does not get it.

  7. The palestinians is occupying iliegaj territory, not Israel, they should go out.

  8. Ralph Haglund says:

    Read Fatah Constitution and see what they want. Esp. Articles 12, 19 are very clear so even Bibi should understand. He is turning more and more Sharonesque and we know how his career ended. By breaking all promises and destroying the life of almost 10000 israeli Jews. Did he get peace?

  9. Ralph Haglund says:

    Read Fatah Constitution and see what they want. Esp. Articles 12, 19 are very clear so even Bibi should understand. He is turning more and more Sharonesque and we know how his career ended. By breaking all promises and destroying the life of almost 10000 israeli Jews. Did he get peace?

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