PM reiterates support for demilitarized Palestinian state

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu still supports a Palestinian state on conditions described in his 2009 Bar-Ilan speech, despite claims to the contrary by Likud Beytenu candidates.

The joint Likud-Yisrael Beytenu list does not have a platform, and its candidates have spoken out against Palestinian statehood in recent weeks.

A spokesman for Likud Beytenu on Monday said that his stance on Palestinian statehood has not changed since he made the speech.

“A Palestinian state will be established when the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish People, will declare the end of the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict and only if arrangements ensuring the security of Israeli citizens are made,” the spokesman stated.