(JNS.org) Former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said he believes a final status agreement between the Jewish state and the Palestinians is unlikely in the near future, but that he opposes Israeli annexation of Judea and Samaria.
“We have to make our own decisions about what we want. I am happy that we have political separation from the Palestinians. I am happy that they have their own government, parliament, their own president, that they don’t have to go to the Knesset,” Ya’alon told a gathering of international reporters, referring to recent discussions in Israel on annexing Judea and Samaria.
“On the one hand, we are not going to reach a final settlement in the coming future, but on the other hand, I don’t want to rule them, and I can live with two Palestinian political entities, [including] Hamastan,” Ya’alon said, using a nickname for the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. “That’s why I strongly reject the idea to annex now, to annex Area C (which is under full Israeli civil and security control), to settle everywhere….Is that in our interest?”
Ya’alon, who was ousted from his defense minister post last May after a fallout with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, recently announced that he will form a new political party to run in future national elections against Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party.