Israeli Minister Bennett: Idea of Palestinian State Has Reached Dead End

June 17, 2013 8:51 am 0 comments

Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party

JNS.orgIsrael should discard the two-state solution when it comes to the conflict with the Palestinians and instead seek to “live with the problem,” Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi) said on Monday in a conference sponsored by the Yesha Council in Jerusalem.

Bennett said Israel should annex—”as quickly as possible”—virtually all the areas that were not handed over the Palestinian Authority under the Oslo accords, including the Jewish communities and a handful of Palestinian towns. He said Israel should devise “aggressive” new plans to drastically improve the economic wellbeing of both the Jewish and Arab inhabitants of Judea and Samaria.

“The notion of having a two-state solution established in the Land of Israel is now at a dead end; never in Jewish history have so many people talked so much and expended so much energy in something so futile,” Bennett said, according to Israel Hayom.

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