Netanyahu: Notion that Handing Over Land Will Bring Peace Is False

(Jerusalem Post) Ariel Whitman - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Army Radio on Tuesday, "In any peace agreement, we [Israel] will have to maintain military control of all the territory west of the Jordan River." He indicated that an Israeli military withdrawal from the West Bank would likely create a vacuum prone to takeover by extremists. "Why is there no peace? It is not because of the territories or the settlements. For about 50 years, from 1920 until 1967, we did not hold the territories or have any settlements and they wanted to throw us out of Tel Aviv....Also today, when I ask the Palestinian Authority [leadership] if we were to agree to all your demands, would you relinquish your demand for the right of return of Palestinians to Jaffa....They sit in their chair and refuse to answer the question." "The root cause of the conflict was and still is the refusal of the Palestinians to recognize the State of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish People within any borders."

2017-05-30 00:00:00

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