MK Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) said that although her party opposes a Palestinian state and settlement construction freezes, it has no problem with Obama's planned visit, saying it is "an honor for Israel." As for negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, Shaked said "if Netanyahu wants to talk, he should talk," as long as the prime minister stands up for his principles.
"When Ehud Barak was prime minister, he offered [former PA president Yasser] Arafat everything, and Arafat refused. When Ehud Olmert was prime minister, he offered [PA President Mahmoud Abbas] everything and he refused. There is no chance Netanyahu will offer the same," Shaked stated.The Bayit Yehudi MK pointed out that Netanyahu refused to have freeze settlement construction a second time, despite PA demands and US pressure.
Still, Shaked said it's important to have the Bayit Yehudi in the coalition when these issues are being dealt with, so the party can stand staunchly to Netanyahu's right.