Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stated Sunday that he totally rejects that idea of establishing a Palestinian state, and spoke of a âsort of autonomy for the Palestiniansâ. He also said that Israel will continue to build settlements in the occupied West Bank, and in occupied East Jerusalem.âI do not want the Palestinians to become Israeli citizensâ, Netanyahu said, âI donât want to control them eitherâ.
In a Televised interview with the Walla Israeli News, Netanyahu said that Israel will have to reach a sort of an understanding âgranting the Palestinians some sort of a disarmed authorityâ.
He strongly rejected any sort of Palestinian âentityâ in this current stage, and said that âIsrael needs to know what it can do; Abu Mazin (Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas) is hugging Hamas, the same group that calls for our annihilationâ, according to Netanyahu.
The Arabs48 news website reported that Netanyahu also said that Israeli leftist parties are âshedding a blind eye on what is happeningâ, adding that âleftist parties just want an agreement regardless of the consequencesâ.
âThis is the same way we handed Gaza to the Palestiniansâ, Netanyahu said while referring to the Gaza Disengagement Plan conducted by former Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, of Netanyahuâs Likud party,
âIn no time, Hamas was able to control Gaza, and obtained dozens of thousands of Iranian missilesâ, he claimed.
As for Israelâs illegal settlement construction and expansion activities, Netanyahu said that a government under his command will never evict any settlement.
âI never removed a single settlement, and I donât intend to remove anyâ, he added, âWe removed the settlers from Gaza, and look what happened; I will never do such a thingâ.
The Israeli Prime Minister further stated that Israel will not evict settlements under any peace agreement with the Palestinians, and added that the settlement blocs of Gush Ezion, Ariel and Maale Adumim will always be part of Israel.
He also said that his government does not only build within the boundaries of the existing settlements in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem, but wherever it can.
As for smaller settlements not located within settlement blocs, Netanyahu said that this issue will be determined in negotiations, but also said that he will never evict any settlement as long as he is leading Israel.
Responding to a question about Iran, Netanyahu said that he is doing whatever he can âto prevent Tehran from becoming a nuclear powerâ, and even vowed that as long as he is the Prime Minister, Iran will never be able to become a nuclear power.
He also said that his polices also include other important files, such as what we called âSyrian chemical weaponsâ, missiles obtained by the Hezbollah party in Lebanon, in addition to interior issues such as reducing housing costs.