Israeli official: 'No Palestinian state in our generation'
Confirming reports that the Obama administration had been part of a concerted effort to oust Prime Minister Netanyahu, a 'senior Jerusalem official' has told the Times of Israel that there will be 'no Palestinian state in our generation
,' and that everyone knows it.
The Jerusalem official took Netanyahu’s
disavowal of Palestinian statehood further, claiming that a two
state-solution would be out of reach “in our generation,” due to
Palestinian rejections of Israeli proposals and US-led agreements.
“[Obama] continuously warns of a deteriorating
state of chaos in the [Palestinian] territories, when he knows that the
only place that truly manages to maintain stability in the Middle East
right now is [Israel],” the official said. “Netanyahu said there will no
agreement [with the Palestinians] during his term in office.”
A Palestinian state “won’t even happen in our generation,” the official added.” Everyone knows it.”
“They come and accuse us of torpedoing
negotiations even though they know that Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas himself said no [to a deal], twice — once to
then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton in 2011, and once to Secretary
of State John Kerry last year.”
The official went on to refer to two
“framework documents, designed to jump-start the process” that were
accepted by Israel and rejected by the Palestinians, and accused the
administration of devoting too much energy to the Palestinian issue, to
the detriment of other, more pertinent regional challenges.
“Look at what we did about settlement
construction. We took upon ourselves all the restrictions laid forth
during the Sharon-Bush era, which allowed for building to accommodate
natural population growth, but not for building new settlements,” the
official continued, referring to an arrangement in the last decade
between then-prime minister Ariel Sharon and president George Bush. “But
the [current] administration does not recognize the Sharon-Bush
understandings. They’re working according to a ‘no-brick’ policy and it
doesn’t make any sense.”
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