With the Israeli voters shifting ever rightward, Palestinian statehood was removed outright from a proposed Likud-Beiteinu list platform, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists he still sort of supports the idea.
At least along the lines he laid out in 2009, when he suggested the Palestinians could have a state provided it had no military, no control over its own borders, and didn’t include any of occupied East Jerusalem. He also demanded that this state, such as it is, endorse Israel as an eternally “Jewish” state.
Several other Likud leaders have denounced the idea of statehood recently, but with all the restrictions imposed by Netanyahu, this is likely a distinction without a difference.
For Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, hope springs eternal however, at least on his good days. Fresh off of threatening to disband the PA if Netanyahu is reelected, Abbas today expressed confidence of an independent Palestine in 2013.
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