Netanyahu Pushes ‘New Model’ for Palestinian Peace

Palestinians Could Have 'Trappings of Self-Governance'

In Davos on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahy was talking up what he’s calling a “new model” for a peace deal with the Palestinians, which appears to be his latest alternative to the two-state solution, which he once again refused to endorse.

Netanyahu complained he wanted to avoid “labels” by talking about two states, but set out a policy which is clearly well short of such a solution, offering to allow the Palestinians to have “the whole trappings of self-governance,” but with Israel maintaining formal control.

Eager to avoid labels, Netanyahu was a bit vague beyond Israel keeping total security control over Palestine permanently, but appears to be suggesting that they’d be allowed to have some measure of autonomy within Palestine as an Israeli-ruled territory.

Yet the Palestinian Authority is already given some nominal autonomy in some parts of Palestine as it is, and Netanyahu made no mention of what might change beyond that, including if the Israeli military could remain de facto in charge of the region, or if Israeli settlement policy would change in this self-governed Palestine.

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