‘What kind of Palestinian state do you want exactly?’

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slammed the demand by two former Australian Prime Ministers that their nation recognize the Palestinian Authority as a sovereign state.

Former Labor premiers Kevin Rudd and Bob Hawke issued statements ahead of Netanyahu’s state visit to Australia, calling for the recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Speaking at a press conference in Sydney with Australia’s incumbent Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnball, Wednesday, Netanyahu rebuked the demand, pointing out that the Palestinian Authority still advocates Israel’s destruction and incites violence against Jews.

“I ask both former prime ministers to ask a simple question: What kind of state will it be that they are advocating? A state that calls for Israel’s destruction? A state whose territory will be used immediately for radical Islam?”

A final status arrangement, Netanyahu continued, must be based on direct negotiations, provide for Israeli security control over the area, and require of the Palestinian Authority full recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, a total rejection of anti-Israel incitement, and an end to calls for the dismantling of Israel.


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