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June 9, 2014 10:54 pm

Leading Likud Minister Says Jordan Must be Part of Palestinian State

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The Jordan River Valley. Photo: Ram Aviram.

The Jordan River Valley. Photo: Ram Aviram.

Times of Israel – Dismissing the idea of an independent Palestinian state, Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar (Likud) on Sunday called for Jordan to play an integral part in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, apparently leaning toward the “Jordan is Palestine” formula embraced by far-right leaders but rejected by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“I thought in the past, and I still think today, that the inclusion of a Jordanian component in a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the possible options,” Sa’ar said at the Herzliya Conference, an annual security event. “An agreement that includes a Jordanian component would be an agreement with depth, as opposed to a tiny unstable Palestinian state ruled by terrorist organizations.” The creation of such a Palestinian state, the minister added, would not end the conflict but “rather perpetuate it with a better vantage point for the Palestinians.”

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