Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid called to “finally get rid of the Palestinians” by
giving them their own state – at a cultural event in Kiryat Motzkin
“We know this will end with two states for two nations, but we
don’t know how much time will pass and how many people will die,” Lapid
“Every prime minister has said it in a different way. [Former prime
minister Ariel] Sharon said there will be ‘painful concessions,’ [former prime
minister Ehud] Olmert said ‘convergence,’ and even [Prime Minister Binyamin]
Netanyahu agreed to it in his Bar-Ilan speech.”
The Yesh Atid leader
courted rightwing voters, saying “I’m not a lefty,” that settlement blocs,
including the city of Ariel, must stay under Israeli sovereignty, and Jerusalem
should not be divided.
As for the lack of peace talks in recent years,
Lapid said “the Palestinians brought this upon themselves. If after the
disengagement [from Gaza] they didn’t build hospitals and schools, but training
sites, there is no doubt that it is their responsibility – but we also need
negotiations for ourselves.”
Lapid quipped that his late father, former
justice minister and Shinui leader Tommy Lapid, “did not leave the ghetto to
live in a binational state.
This is the land of the Jews, and we have the
right to finally get rid of the Palestinians. There won’t be a new Middle East,
but we won’t have 3.5 million Palestinians in Israeli territory.”
his father, Lapid would not commit to boycotting haredi parties.
speculate about sitting in a government with Shas,” he said. “I won’t boycott
anyone. We’ll be in a coalition that will change the system [of
However, Lapid criticized the return of Shas leader Arye
Deri, who now shares the position with Interior Minister Eli Yishai and
Construction and Housing Minister Ariel Attias, saying that Deri’s return to
politics is immoral. Deri was sent to prison in 2000 after being convicted of
On Friday, Lapid’s final column in Yediot Aharonot was
published, marking the end of 20 years in which his opinion would appear in the
Israeli press every weekend.
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