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Israel defence deputy says no Palestinian state

Knesset member says Israel cannot survive international backlash

  • By Nasouh Nazzal Correspondent
  • Published: 15:32 June 13, 2013
  • Gulf News

Ramallah: In a shocking statement released on Wednesday night, Israeli Deputy Defence Minister Danny Danon disclosed Israeli policies towards Palestinians, saying that Israel will take over all the empty lands of the West Bank and Palestinian affairs would be run by the Jordanians.

Danon, a Likud member, told the Israeli Channel I TV that a Palestinian state will not be created at all.

“There will be no Palestinian state at all. Enough of misleading the public regardless of US efforts to restart the peace talks,” he said. “Whether the US Secretary of State John Kerry has come up with a new peace initiative or not, there will never be an independent Palestinian state.” Danon claimed, “The Palestinians will be gathered in communities and whose affairs will be solely run by the Jordanians.”

“Israeli members of Knesset and the cabinet members strongly support me in my view although they do not express their opinions frankly and honestly,” he said. “Danon is an honest man who discloses the Israeli real policies and plans,” Ahmad Al Tibi, an Arab member of Knesset said. “The Israeli premier and other cabinet members put obstacles in the way of Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.”

The Israeli coalition constituting the Habayit Hayehudi and Likud believes that Israeli colonies in the Palestinian territories do not obstruct peace. Israeli Knesset member Ofer Shelah of Yesh Atid (There is a Future) asserted during a convention held in the Hebrew University in occupied Jerusalem that Israel is on its way to become South Africa. “Thinking the world will get used to this situation is similar to what white people used to say in South Africa,” he said. “The Israeli occupation corrupts Israeli society and the colony construction poses an obstacle to a peace agreement.” Shelah warned that Israel is on the verge of a products boycott. “First boycotted will be those products produced in the colonies, then those coming from anywhere in Israel,” he said.

“Israel’s international standing keeps deteriorating. We have reached a stage where in a UN vote against the Palestinians, only nine countries voted for us. The world has informed us that our being an occupying force is no longer tolerated.” Dr. Mustafa Al Barghouti, the Undersecretary of the Palestinian National Initiative, said that Danon was the honest and straight forward representative of this Israeli colonist government.

“Danon’s comments are, however, blatant and rude and clearly indicate Israeli racism,” he said, adding that it was time for Palestinians to unite to confront the dangers around the Palestinian question. “With those clear comments, there is no more room for chasing the illusions of the peace talks with Israel. It is time for Palestinians to adopt a new strategy based on popular resistance,” he said. “Palestinians should not be hesitant in joining the UN institutions including the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israel on its colony construction in the Palestinian territories Israel occupied in 1967.”

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