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'No Palestinian State West of the Jordan River,' 63 Knesset Members Say

A majority of Knesset members declared their opposition to Palestinian statehood in advance of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s anticipated trip to Washington later this month.

They asked Knesset Speaker MK Amir Ohana (Likud) to hold a plenum debate and vote on the issuance of a declaration rejecting Palestinian statehood. That declaration would state: “The Israeli Knesset categorically opposes founding a Palestinian state west of the Jordan (River).”

The letter to Ohana was signed by 63 parliamentarians and initiated by the leaders of the Knesset’s Land of Israel Caucus, MKs Yuli Edelstein (Likud), Simcha Rothman (Religious Zionist Party), and Limor Son Harmelech (Otzma Yehudit).

“A moment before the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu travels to Congress, the members of the caucus wish to stand by him as an all-Israeli impenetrable wall, against dangerous attempts by those states who wish to give a backwind to terror, in the form of a Palestinian terror state in the heart of the Land of Israel,” the Knesset members wrote to Ohana.

Signatories included politicians from eight parties in both the government and the opposition: From the coalition, the Likud, Shas, United Torah Judaism, Religious Zionist Party, and Otzma Yehudit, and the opposition, United Right, National Unity, and Yisrael Beytenu. (JPost/ VFI News)