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June 9, 2015 12:53 pm

Netanyahu to Czech FM: Palestinians Set ‘Perfect Trap’ on Peace Talks

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Czech Republic Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (left) and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Monday in Jerusalem. Photo: Israeli Prime Minister's Office.

Czech Republic Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (left) and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Monday in Jerusalem. Photo: Israeli Prime Minister’s Office.

JNS.org – The Palestinian Authority rejects peace talks with Israel and then tries to get boycotts imposed on the Jewish state over the absence of peace talks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting Czech Republic Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek in Jerusalem on Monday, calling the situation a “perfect trap.”

“We want two states for two peoples: a Jewish state, a Jewish nation state—Israel, living in peace with a demilitarized Palestinian state,” Netanyahu said. “Unfortunately, the Palestinians don’t negotiate. They ran away from negotiations. They ran away from [Ehud] Barak, they ran away from [Ariel] Sharon, they ran away from [Ehud] Olmert, they ran away from me. … What they do is they refuse to negotiate… run to Hamas, which calls for our destruction, go to the U.N. and try to get sanctions on Israel. They refuse to negotiate and then try to get boycotts on Israel for there not being negotiations which they refuse to enter. Catch-22.”

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  • Benjamin Netanyahu’s comment is spot-on. There is no Palestinian state because the Palestinian Authority has never put forward a negotiating position as opposed to a set of non-negotiable demands. The only reasonable conclusion is that there is no essential difference between it and Hamas, which calls for Israel’s destruction as a state. In the meantime, both parties appear content to exist as dependencies of the international community, living on corruptly diverted aid that keeps the Palestinian population pauperized while its “leadership” lives large. It is this cycle of exploitation the international community needs to break.

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