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Israeli Defense Minister Ya’alon: ‘Every Time, the Palestinians Run Away and Try to Blame Us’

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Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon. Photo: Reuven Kapuscinski. – The Palestinian Authority (PA) is a partner that only wants to receive, without giving anything in return, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Tuesday during a visit to northern Israel to observe a military exercise.

Ya’alon said that Israel is in the midst of a crisis with the Palestinians regarding the peace process, as in recent months, the PA has told Israel that it is not prepared to discuss recognition of a Jewish state or giving up the “right of return.”

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“I’m not a prophet of doom, I’m a realist,” Ya’alon said. “Unfortunately, on this issue, I find myself saying repeatedly, ‘I told you so.’ I wish the situation was different.”

“Every time, the Palestinians run away and try to blame us,” he said.

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