MK Danny Danon 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Israel needs to make Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s “fear
come true – that the Palestinian state will be no more than a ‘Facebook state,’
MK Danny Danon (Likud) told the Knesset’s Immigration, Absorption and Public
Diplomacy Committee on Tuesday.
The panel met to discuss Israel’s
response to the recent recognition of a Palestinian state by Brazil, Argentina,
Bolivia and Ecuador.
Danon, its chairman, said that Israel must initiate
a public diplomacy counter-attack and enlist overseas Jewry to the
“In the international ring there are no vacuums, and there is
fevered activity by the Palestinians. We need to make Salam Fayyad’s fear come
true – that the Palestinian state will be no more than a ‘Facebook state’ and
that the support it gets from the world is no more than a ‘like.’” Danon said
that although Israel does not tell Diaspora communities how to act, they should
understand on their own and initiate activities, protests and writing
The Foreign Ministry must help enlist the Jewish communities
to active public diplomacy efforts, he said.
Deputy Foreign Minister
Danny Ayalon emphasized that overseas Jewry is part of the Jewish state’s line
of defense – and that Israel belongs to every Jew worldwide.
Palestinians have no interest in negotiations, but they blame Israel for
forgoing them, while at the same time, they advance a unilateral solution
according to their maximalist position,” he said.
Ayalon told committee
members that there is no danger in the recognition by the four South American
states of a Palestinian state, because already in November 1988, then-PLO
chairman Yasser Arafat declared the establishment of such a state in the pre-
1967 borders. Since then, 104 countries have recognized that state, but that has
not helped the Palestinians, he said.
“The Arabs don’t turn to states
that are involved in the process or to those that have an interest in regional
stability – but rather to distant countries.
Even these states in South
America have made their recognition dependant upon a negotiated solution and
that the Palestinian state will be democratic, and thus the letters themselves
have internal contradictions,” Ayalon said.
“Any signature like that
isn’t worth the paper it is written upon.
“Israel will never hold
negotiations with a gun held to its head, and nobody can decide for Israel what
is important and what to insist upon,” he said. “Our goal is not to sign a piece
of paper, but to achieve a fundamental change in the situation in the region.
Not a peace for five years, but for five hundred years.”
Ministry, Ayalon told the committee, had informed the four South American states
that their actions were in contradiction to agreements signed between Israel and
The response received, according to Foreign Ministry
representative Dorit Shavit, was surprising.
The United States, she said,
was surprised by Brazil’s decision to recognize a Palestinian state – as was
Brazil’s own Foreign Ministry, which was kept in the dark about the
Dan Diker, secretary-general of the World Jewish Congress, warned
that “today, the situation is different from ’88, because back then, the Arabs
did not receive support from the United Sates and Europe, while today US
President Barack Obama intends to establish a Palestinian state, and the former
Spanish foreign minister, Javier Solana, also declared that he supports the
unilateral establishment of a state.
“The Jewish communities in those
South American states are alarmed because there are also large and established
Arab communities there – in Chile alone there are 350,000
Palestinians,” Diker said.