Israeli justice minister to i24NEWS: Two-state solution is irrelevant
The two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become irrelevant, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked told i24NEWS in an interview on the sidelines of this week's Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) conference.
"Einstein defined madness as doing the same thing over and over again and thinking you will get different results," Shaked said of the two-state solution. "We've tried this many times. It doesn't work in the Middle East. We see that around us. Muslim nations are falling apart. The Middle East is on fire. There are no grounds on which to establish another failed state."
The minister explained that she had formulated a new diplomatic plan supported by her party, the pro-settler Jewish Home. "Our idea is to strengthen the security of the state of Israel, to strengthen Jerusalem, to call upon the nations in the world and the new head of the United States, to move their embassies to Jerusalem, to call to recognize the northern borders in the Golan Height," she said.
Furthermore, Shaked said, Israel should implement sovereignty over Gush Etzion and Maale Adumim – two major settlement blocs in the West Bank.
"When we look at the long view, we speak of applying sovereignty of Area C [of the West Bank], where there are 400,000 Jews and 90,000 Arabs," she said. "They will receive full citizenship and full rights. There is no problem to put this in force. And for Areas A and B, there will be another confederation, identifying with Jordan and Gaza or with a type of autonomy. These ideas have been sitting on the table for a very long time."
The minister also asserted that changes must be made to the agreement with Iran over its nuclear program – "changes that are essential in order for Israel to exist."
She did not specify which elements should be altered, but added that "even regarding [Iran's] conventional rearmament, missiles and arms, the agreement does not prevent them from resupplying and developing."
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Well of course the two state solution is irrelevant in the eyes of Ayelet Shaked. It has been a disingenuous sound bite to be endlessly regurgitated and never attained. Clearly there is no will to give a state to the Palestinians who have been so successfully dehumanised in the eyes of most of Israeli society. Having done so it's a short step to making such comments as these in the video below. They clearly don't sound like the overtures to peaceful coexistence and tolerance. It's time to admit that Israel has no intention of pursuing peace when it can extract billions of dollars yearly for security under the aegis of the US. https://youtu.be/5utTDGS3B_Q