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Palestinian state would be a ‘terrible mistake’ – Bennett

Palestinian state would be a ‘terrible mistake’ – Bennett

It would be a terrible mistake to create a Palestinian state, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a series of media interviews he gave on Tuesday night just after his return from his historic meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

“I am against a Palestinian state. I think it would be a terrible mistake that would take the terrible situation in Gaza and recreate it in Judea and Samaria,” Bennett told KAN news.

His remarks referred to Hamas’ expulsion of the Palestinian Authority from Gaza by a bloody coup in 2007 and its forced takeover of the coastal clan, as well as the consequent rocket attacks on southern Israel.

He concluded that if Hamas or another radical Palestinian group similarly took over the West Bank, it would make life for Israelis living in Kfar Saba and his hometown of Ra’anana a living hell.

“I will not do that,” he said.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (Credit: FLASH90)

Bennett said he understands that Palestinian state formation is not possible at this stage in any case, and therefore the question of whether to support it was irrelevant.

However, it is important to provide the Palestinians with economic opportunities that would improve their lives, he said.

“My outlook is very businesslike,” he said. “If we create more businesses, strengthen the economy and improve the living conditions of everyone in Judea and Samaria, it would be better.”

Bennett, who has met with both Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah, clarified that he does not intend to speak to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
“I do not see the logic in meeting or talking to someone [Abbas] who are suing IDF soldiers and their commanders at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, “the prime minister said.

While Abbas “accused IDF commanders and soldiers of war crimes,” he provides monthly cash scholarships to terrorists, he said.

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