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January 14, 2013 12:20 pm

Vice Prime Minister: No Place for Palestinian State Alongside Israel Now

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Vice Premier Moshe Ya'alon. Photo: Jini/Haaretz.

There is no place for a Palestinian state alongside Israel at the current time, Vice Prime Minister and Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon said on Saturday. Ya’alon is largely thought to be first in line to be appointed defense minister in the new government after the Jan. 22 elections.

“The person who is refusing to come to the negotiating table is [Palestinian Authority President] Mahmoud Abbas,” Ya’alon said at a cultural event in central Israel on Saturday. “The goals of Abbas are the same as the goals of Hamas.”

“As far as I’m concerned, there is an entity in Gaza that can call itself the United Islamic Republic and the Palestinian Authority can call itself the Palestinian Empire,” Ya’alon said, referring to the Palestinian Authority’s recent re-branding of itself as the “State of Palestine.”

In an exclusive interview with Israel Hayom on Friday, Ya’alon said that Abbas was not a partner for peace because “he has never said that the occupation began in 1967. Instead, he insists that the occupation is 64 years old. This is hope? No, this is a delusion.”

“Stop talking about a solution,” Ya’alon said. “Let’s instead talk about a path that we must follow, and that path is construction. We need to invest in education, infrastructure, settlement, science, and technology. This is the real hope. There is no partner for an agreement.”

The Palestinian Authority harshly condemned Ya’alon’s statements.

“These are grave threats against Abbas, which are identical to the threats the Israeli government made against Yasser Arafat,” senior Palestinian Authority official Saeb Erekat said.

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  • The 65 year old conflict will only end when Israel does what should have been done in 1967; Annex all of Judea & Samaria, declare Jewish sovereignty over Temple Mount, and announce to the entire world that there will not be any future Palestinian State between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River. Period !

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Vice Prime Minister Ya’alon is not threatening Mr. Abbas. In fact, Mr. Ya’alon is speaking the truth about Israel near future. Israel needs to improve its domestic situation as Mr. Ya’alon stated. This more Israel ameliorates its home position, the better it will align herself with her environment and setting in the Middle East and beyond. In case Mr. Abbas and Mr. Erekat are not fully in sync with Israel’s plans for the future, they should realize that Israel is not going anywhere: she is here in this real world for the long term!

    • Sonia Willats

      Agreed. I have always liked Mr Erekat. But Minister Ya’alon is simply stating reality. You cannot talk peace with the PA when they themselves speak war, and align themselves with others who openly and regularly call for the destruction of Israel. It “takes 2 to tango.” You cannot dance Swan Lake to the beat of war-drums. Israel must look to her Maker and go forward alone.