Former Defense Minister Ya'alon Sees No Final Settlement with Palestinians in Near Future

(Jerusalem Post) Jeremy Sharon - Former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon declared on Wednesday that there would not be a final settlement between Israel and the Palestinians in the near future. "We are not going to reach a final settlement [with the Palestinians] in the coming future, but on the other hand, I don't want to rule them, and I can live with two Palestinian political entities, [including] Hamastan [in Gaza]." He added, "I cannot accept this idea that there are certain territories in the Land of Israel that are forbidden for Jews." Ya'alon also discussed the three radical Islamist movements that are dominating the region: the Iranian-Shi'a hegemony, the radical Sunni jihadists and the advancement of the agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the "neo-Ottoman" designs of Turkey under President Erdogan. With the disengagement of the U.S. from the Middle East, "the vacuum has been filled by these three elements struggling for hegemony in the region, and will dominate the political struggle and military, economic struggles in the region for the years to come."

2017-03-16 00:00:00

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