Lapid: Israel won't hold peace talks after PM rotation

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Israeli Foreign Minister and Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid speaking at a faction meeting in the Knesset, November 8, 2021
Olivier Fitoussi / Flash90Israeli Foreign Minister and Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid speaking at a faction meeting in the Knesset, November 8, 2021

Lapid is set to become prime minister in August of 2023, following a rotation agreement set by the coalition

Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said Monday that Israel will not negotiate a two-state solution with the Palestinians when he becomes prime minister.

Lapid is set to become prime minister in August of 2023, following a rotation agreement set by the coalition. 

“Even after a coalition rotation, I will remain with the same people and the same disagreements” about the Palestinian issue, Lapid said in a briefing, according to The Jerusalem Post

“I plan to stand behind the agreement I made with my partners.”

Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his Yamina Party are against a Palestinian state, as is Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar and his New Hope Party. Other parties in the coalition support one under different conditions, however, the coalition has a narrow majority that if support is lost, an election would likely be triggered.

“There is no reason for me to delude the Palestinians and open a diplomatic process that doesn’t have a coalition behind it…That would damage our credibility, which is important,” Lapid said, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The remarks come days after Defense Minister Benny Gantz met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Gantz said earlier Monday he will continue to meet with Abbas at a meeting of his Blue and White faction.

"As far as I'm concerned, whenever politics clash with security, security must always prevail," Gantz said.

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