Netanyahu aide: ‘Government has no official position on Palestinian issue’
Prime Minister Netanyahu backtracked on a statement about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that he was meant to make with his Polish counterpart, Haaretz reported Wednesday. Apparently, Netanyahu and other senior officials weren’t informed of the statement before it went out. But far more embarrassing than the backtracking on a document that essentially calls for a negotiated two-state solution, is the ridiculous explanation given by a Netanyahu official:
“It is not the Israeli government’s position – not because the government takes the opposite position but simply because the government has no official position on the Palestinian [issue]. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s position is that he supports the establishment of a demilitarized Palestinian state that will recognize the Jewish state, with appropriate security arrangements.” (Emphasis mine)
Really? The government has no position on the “Palestinian issue”? Of course it does, the sentence the official follows with admits as much.
This really reads like an Onion headline, and comes just a day after a Likud MK said that settlements are actually good for peace with Palestinians (!), which comes a day after Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (also Likud) said there will never be a two-state solution because the governing coalition is against it and would block any efforts towards creation of a Palestinian state.