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Israel ‘Outright Rejects’ Foreign Efforts to Create Palestinian State after Hamas War, Netanyahu Declares

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government unanimously approved a measure declaring that the country “outright rejects” any attempts by foreign powers to create a Palestinian state.

Netanyahu announced the move at the start of a cabinet meeting on Sunday morning, February 18. It comes as various forces at the UN and even US President Biden’s administration have pushed Israel to accept a two-state solution after the war against Hamas in Gaza.

“In light of the talk recently heard in the international community about an attempt to unilaterally impose a Palestinian state on Israel, I am bringing today a declarative decision on this issue for the approval of the government. I am sure it will be widely accepted,” Netanyahu told the cabinet in Hebrew.

“Israel outright rejects international dictates regarding the permanent settlement with the Palestinians,” the declaration said.

“Such an arrangement will be reached only through direct negotiations between the parties, without preconditions. Israel will continue to oppose the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Such a recognition, following the massacre of October 7, will reward the terrorism, a reward like no other, and will prevent any future peace settlement.” (FN / VFI News)

“Lord, we ask that You guide our leaders and give them discernment to make the best decisions for our people in the talks to come. We pray that they don’t compromise our values nor the welfare of our citizens, but that they prioritize the people of Israel during any negotiations and agreements they will have to make. ”