Netanyahu says no Palestinian state if he forms next government

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Cherie Cullen.

( Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Monday that he would not establish a Palestinian state if his Likud party forms the next Israeli government, reversing the support for a two-state solution that he expressed in a 2009 speech at Bar-Ilan University.

“I think that anyone who moves to establish a Palestinian state and evacuate territory gives territory away to radical Islamist attacks against Israel,” Netanyahu told the NRG news website. 

“The left has buried its head in the sand time after time and ignores this, but we (Likud) are realistic and understand,” he added.

Also on Monday, the Zionist Union alliance’s Tzipi Livni said she would forgo a previous agreement to rotate the position of prime minister with Isaac Herzog if their party—a merger between the Herzog-led Labor party and the Livni-led Hatnuah party—forms the next Israeli government. Instead, only Herzog would be the prime minister.

Posted on March 17, 2015 .