How to respond to Netanyahu

Europe has the power to rescue the Palestinian state

The World Today Updated 4 January 2021 Published 1 April 2015 2 minute READ

Israela Oron

Retired Brigadier-General, Israel Defence Forces

Europe’s consistent support for the Palestinian Authority has been based on the understanding that it would lead to the creation of a viable Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. This support was encouraged over the past six years on the basis of Benjamin Netanyahu’s 2009 speech at Bar-Ilan University which gave the impression that he was willing to seriously negotiate with the Palestinians on the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

The Israeli prime minister’s recent dramatic pronouncement during the elections that he no longer supports the creation of a Palestinian state, following the likely formation of a right-wing Israeli government, raises questions about the relevance of European policy in the area.

Does this statement necessarily spell the death of the two-state solution? Should the Palestinian Authority be shut down in preparation for the inevitable single, binational state from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean?

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