(photo credit: Sasson Tiram)
Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar said Tuesday that alternatives to a two-state
solution should be sought since a Palestinian state would endanger
Sa’ar, a Likud MK, is considered a close ally of Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu, and his comments represent a break from Netanyahu’s declared
support for a two-state solution.
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“The upheavals in the region, the
strengthening of radical Islam everywhere, the Palestinian unilateralism in the
international arena and their positions regarding Israel obligate us to ask
questions about our readiness to establish a Palestinian state in Judea and
Samaria,” he said at a ceremony dedicating a new dormitory at the Ariel
University Center of Samaria..
The minister said it was very clear that
the establishment of a Palestinian state would provide an improved springboard
for the continued Palestinian struggle against Israel. As a result of the
withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000 and from Gaza in 2005, coupled with terrorist
elements digging in in Sinai, Israel was close to becoming surrounded by
terrorist bases, he said.
He declared that Israel would not risk its
security and future on “foolish concepts and illusions that are not based in
reality. The time has come to disengage from the idea that peace is connected to
uprooting Jews from their homes.”