Netanyahu clarifies stance on two-state solution

PM states he has not abandoned commitment to two-state solution; Speaks of need for Israeli-US relations to strengthen; Abbas: Israel does not want peace

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Prime Minister Netanyahu clarified in an interview with MSNBC that he has not abandoned his commitment to a two state solution following his comment that no Palestinian state would be created “on his watch.” He also spoke at length of the importance of US-Israeli relations and the importance of uniting and “working together.”

Netanyahu clarified that he doesn’t “want a one-state solution. I want a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution. But for that, circumstances have to change.”

The Prime Minister stated earlier this week that any removal of settlements or withdraw from territory in the West Bank would leave for radical Islam to enter and “attack state of Israel.” He stated in opposition to the Zionist Union that “I think that anyone who moves to establish a Palestinian state today, and evacuate areas, is giving radical Islam an area from which to attack the State of Israel. This is the true reality that has been created in past years. Those that ignore it are burying their heads in the sand. The left does this, buries its head in the sand, time and again.”

On US-Israeli relations he stated, “We can have differences, but we have so many things that unite us. We have a situation in the Middle East that is very dangerous, that presents a common challenge… “We are allies. We have to consult each other, not have fiats or unilateral impositions, but negotiated peace with our neighbors and support between allies. America has no greater ally than Israel, and Israel has no greater ally than the United States.”

On his relationship with President Obamas he stated, “We work together. We have to. We have our differences. By coming to the US [Congress] I did not mean any disrespect or attempt at partisanship, but I was merely speaking of something that I view could endanger the survival of Israel.”

He addressed the need for increased US-Israel relations in light of radical Islam. He stated that “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. We have to also make sure that we don’t have ISIS coming in to that territory. It’s only two dozen miles away from our border.”

Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas stated on Thursday that “Israel does not want peace”. He stated “If these things are true, it means that the Israeli government has no serious intentions to reach a peace agreement that will create two states based on the 1967 borders. We therefore will not retreat from our position to apply international law, and so it is our right to go anywhere in the world to realize our rights according to international law.”