Netanyahu opposes the Palestinian state, defying Biden

The concept of establishing a Palestinian state has once again been rejected by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Hours before, during a phone conversation with US President Joe Biden, the US leader hinted that Mr. Netanyahu would still be open to the notion. With his comments, Mr. Netanyahu seemed to widen the public gulf with the US. A “two-state solution” involving an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel is considered essential for long-term stability by the US.

However, the White House admitted last week that the governments of the US and Israel “clearly see things differently”. Speaking to reporters during their first phone conversation in over a month, Mr. Biden maintained that Mr. Netanyahu’s leadership preserved the possibility of a two-state solution. Two-state solutions come in several varieties. Many UN members are nations that do not own their own armed forces “added the speaker. However, Mr. Netanyahu reiterated earlier this week the stance he has maintained for the most of his political career on Saturday.

A statement issued by his office read: “In his conversation with President Biden, Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated his policy that after Hamas is destroyed Israel must retain security control over Gaza to ensure that Gaza will no longer pose a threat to Israel, a requirement that contradicts the demand for Palestinian sovereignty.” Although not unexpected, UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps called Mr. Netanyahu’s remarks “disappointing” on Sunday. The remarks may dash expectations in some quarters that the Gaza situation will force Israeli and Palestinian leaders to reopen diplomatic talks and revive the long-stalled peace process.


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