(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party is set to oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state, in a proposal due to be passed Tuesday during a meeting in the Samaria city of Ariel.
In the summer of 2002, Netanyahu assisted with spearheading a similar Likud initiative opposing a Palestinian state within the party’s Central Committee. Then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Likud’s leader at the time, voiced opposition to the initiative, leading to his eventual departure from the party.
Yet the new proposal would break from the position Netanyahu has taken. In 2009, he initially voiced support for a two-state solution during a speech at Bar-Ilan University. Since then, Netanyahu has repeatedly endorsed the concept of a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes a Jewish state.
The new Likud proposal would require the prime minister to initiate preparations for the Palestinian Authority’s dissolution.