Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Hotovely on Wednesday attempted to debunk what she said is the "myth of occupation" propagated by the Palestinians against Israel.
Speaking at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference in the capital, she noted Israel's 2005 disengagement from Gaza, saying the "occupation" which the Palestinians refer to regards the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.
"When they say 'occupation,' they're not regarding 1967 like most of the international community does," she said in reference to the expansion of Israeli territory beyond the so-called Green Line after the Six Day War.
Speaking of the prospect of peace between Israel and the Palestinians, she said a future solution "must include Judea and Samaria under Israeli sovereignty because this is the Jewish homeland."
"No Jew can live in Tel Aviv if they don't have the deep connection to Judea and Samaria," she stressed. She added that a reform of Palestinian education and a "new paradigm" in the Middle East in general is needed to stamp out "radical terrorist groups."
"Education is the key to achieving long-term solution for bringing the two sides," the deputy minister asserted, calling for international supervision of Palestinian textbooks which she said have distorted history and denied Jewish ties to the Holy Land.
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