Israeli squatter chief speaks the truth

Over the next few days we can expect an endless stream of hot air in response to Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett’s declaration that the idea of a two state-solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a pipe dream.

In remarks to a conference of Jewish squatters and land thieves in Jerusalem, relayed by Israeli public radio, Bennett, who heads the hardline supremacist Jewish Home party, said:

The idea that a Palestinian state will be founded within the Land of Israel [i.e. the West Bank and the Palestinian territory occupied and ethnically cleansed in 1948] has reached a dead-end…

Never, in the history of Israel, have so many people put so much energy into something so pointless…

The most important thing for the Land of Israel is to build, and build and build…

There was never a Palestinian state here, and we were never occupiers, this is our home…

Bennett has done us all a favour by publicly admitting what every Israeli official from 1948 to this day believes.

No more smokescreens. No more deception. Bit by bit, the truth is coming out.

Naftali Bennett, Israeli Economy Minister, leader of the Jewish Home Party and far right land thief

Naftali Bennett, Israeli Economy Minister, leader of the Jewish Home Party and far right land thief

Earlier this month, in an interview with the Times of Israel, Israeli Deputy Defence Minister Danny Danon, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, rejected the notion that the government was serious about reaching a peace agreement that would lead to a two-state solution.

And last week, deputy minister Ofir Akunis told public radio the Palestinians “were not ready for a state”.

Bennett’s honest remarks prompted Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) chief negotiator who is supposed to have resigned as chief negotiator in February 2011, to lament the fact that “several high-ranking Israeli officials” have “made clear statements regarding their position to actively work against the internationally endorsed two-state solution on the 1967 border”.

“These are not isolated events but a reaffirmation of political platforms and radical beliefs,” Erekat said, adding that “Israel has officially declared the death of the two-state solution”.

Well, we have news for Erekat, the PA and other day dreamers. The two-state solution hasn’t died. It never lived. It was stillborn from the moment of its conception.

The path mapped for the Palestinians by Yitzhak Rabin, which culminated in his handshake with Yasser Arafat on 13 September 1993, was but a false trail, an outsourcing of the occupation intended to make it economically and demographically viable for the Jews-only state.

The truth will out, even if it takes an obnoxious, repulsive thief such as Naftali Bennett to out it.

It’s time for the Palestinians to face reality and think of a real solution that will meet their national aspirations.

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