Israel’s Netanyahu Backs Away From Opposition to Two-State Solution

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech, on Wednesday, in Jerusalem following his party Likud’s victory in Israel’s general election. Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

TEL AVIV—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu withdrew his pledge to block the creation of a Palestinian state, saying he only believed the conditions for one “today are not achievable.”

In an interview with Fox News, the prime minister said that he believed a Palestinian state could exist if it were demilitarized and recognizes Israel as a Jewish state. But he said he couldn’t support such a state now because of the threat that Islamic State or militant groups backed by Iran would gain control there.

In a taped interview on Monday with an Israeli online news site, Mr. Netanyahu was asked to confirm that a Palestinian state wouldn’t be set up while he was prime minister. Mr. Netanyahu replied “indeed.” It marked a reversal of an official position he reluctantly adopted in 2009 during a speech shortly after taking office.

The comment, made the day before Tuesday’s election, came as polls showed Mr. Netanyahu running behind a leftist challenger. His victory was aided by strong support from Israeli settler and nationalists who oppose two states…

It is really irrelevant, since the Palestinians are NOT about to agree to any kind of peace, one state or two.