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.

  • Miss Trixie

    Shouldn’t that be


    about to agree to any kind of peace, one state or two?

  • FactsWillOut

    If Bibi is the best they can do, the end is a foregone conclusion.
    Whatever happened to Begin?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    In rephrasing the first statement, Bibi is being realistic. A two-state solution will require a security arrangement that is unattainable.

  • I believe that when Bibi said there would not be a Palestinian state on his watch, he meant it as a statement of intention and as a statement of fact. He was not lying to the Israeli electorate. On the other hand, real-politik requires him to say he is open to such a state, so as to please Obama aka Haman and the EU cowards, and get them somewhat off his back. That is diplomacy.

    • Freedom


      • FactsWillOut

        That is cowardice. Period.