Netanyahu Denies he Rejected a Palestinian State

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has denied a publication from Saturday which claimed he had renounced his controversial 2009 Bar Ilan speech in which he supported the establishment of a demilitarized Palestinian state, a spokesman said on Monday.In the Friday brochure Olam Katan that was distributed at synagogues this Shabbat, Deputy Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) claimed Netanyahu had said the Bar Ilan speech “is void.”But Netanyahu “never said such a thing,” his spokesman said Monday, while stressing the time was not right for any territorial concessions to the Palestinian Authority (PA), reports AFP.”Netanyahu has for years been stressing that under the current conditions in the Middle East, any territory that would be handed (to the PA) will be seized by extremist Islamist elements,” he said.A Likud spokeswoman had earlier clarified that the remarks in the pamphlet did not reflect that positions of the party, and were the personal opinion of Hotovely.Hotovely had also written in the pamphlet that “Netanyahus entire political biography is a fight against the creation of a Palestinian state.”


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