Likud opposes a Palestinian state, says party hardliner

Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

A two-state solution is not part of the Likud platform, MK Tzipi Hotovely declared Monday at a panel discussion in Jerusalem, adding that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 2009 speech calling for one was a tactical maneuver to placate the world and not an expression of support.

“We are opposed to a Palestinian state,” the Likud politician said.

Referring to Netanyahu’s statement in June 2009 at Bar-Ilan University that “we do not want to rule over [the Palestinians]” and that he envisioned “two free peoples living side by side in this small land,” Hotovely said Netanyahu delivered “a tactical speech for the rest of the world."

“The Bar-Ilan speech was a tactical speech” that sought Palestinian guarantees of recognition of Israel as a Jewish state in exchange for territory, she reiterated. The Likud party, she asserted, will do everything possible to protect every West Bank settlement....

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