Recognition of Jewish state prerequisite for two-state solution – Netanyahu
WASHINGTON: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday the Palestinian leaders need to recognize Israel as a Jewish state in order to reach the two-state solution.
In an interview with MSNBC, he said: “I haven’t changed my policy. I never changed my speech in Bar Ilan University six years ago calling for a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state.” “What has changed is the reality. Abu Mazen, the Palestinian leader, refuses to recognize the Jewish state, has made a pact with Hamas that calls for destruction of Jewish state. “And every territory that is vacated in the Middle East is taken up by Islamist forces,” Netanyahu affirmed.
“We want that to change, so we can realize a vision of real, sustained real peace. And I don’t want a one-state solution. I want a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution, but for that circumstances have to change. “If you want to get peace, you’ve got to get the Palestinian leadership to abandon their pact with Hamas and engage in genuine negotiations with Israel for an achievable peace,” he added.
“So we need the conditions of recognition of a Jewish state and real security in order to have a realistic two-state solution,” he added.
Last week the US administration was angered by Netanyahu ruling out of the two-state solution and his pledge to abort the creation of an independent Palestinian state if his right-wing Likud party won Tuesday’s national election.