Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced his plan to control ‚Äúall of the territory‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúlive forever by the sword.‚ÄĚ
The remarks were reported in Haaretz newspaper, according to PNN, in an article by journalist Barak Ravid.
Mr. Ravid wrote: ‚ÄúPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that although he doesn‚Äôt want a binational state, ‚Äúat this time we need to control all of the territory for the foreseeable future.‚ÄĚ
MKs who took part in the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting ‚Äď today (Monday) ‚Äď reportedly told Mr Ravid that Netanyahu had turned to the politicians present and said: ‚ÄúYou think there is a magic wand here, but I disagree. I‚Äôm asked if we will forever live by the sword ‚Äď yes.‚ÄĚ
The prime minister also spoke about possible plans to revoke Israeli citizenship or residency from the Arab residents of east Jerusalem.
He complained that there had not been any ‚Äúprogress‚ÄĚ on the matter because of delays at the Justice Ministry, headed by Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi).
Dr. Hanan Ashwari, a committee member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), said of the idea:
‚ÄúThis alarming escalation, an inhuman and illegal measure, must be immediately stopped.
‚ÄĚ Should this be adopted, such a measure will transform the actual status of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to ‚Äúnon-existence,‚ÄĚ and it will deprive them of the most basic rights and services, including shelter, healthcare and education.
‚ÄúThis would also provoke confrontations with serious ramifications throughout the region and beyond.‚ÄĚ