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Netanyahu’s party platform ‘flatly rejects’ establishment of Palestinian state

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The recent Palestinian UN bid and this weeks Palestinian acceptance to UNESCO has once again put the “Peace Process” front and center. Listening to Netanyahu and the U.S. Administration, getting the Israelis and Palestinians “back to the negotiating table” is the utmost priority for a lasting peace deal. (Adam Horowitz mocked the Netanyahu policy in this post yesterday: “The Netanyahu Guide to Middle East Peace.”)

Although Netanyahu plays the part, the details of his party platform need to be taken into account as a “peace partner” to show the reality behind the circus. Likud Party Charter states:

a. “The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel.”

b. “Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem”

c. “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”

d. “The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.”

So while Netanyahu wants no pre-conditions from the Palestinians going into “negotiations” his party charter and ideology says otherwise.

Likud Party Charter

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  1. November 3, 2011, 10:38 am

    Ah yes, the “preconditions” that aren’t really “preconditions” because they are Israeli “preconditions”.

    • Hostage
      November 3, 2011, 8:23 pm

      Ah yes, the “preconditions” that aren’t really “preconditions” because they are Israeli “preconditions”.

      Of course not, they are clearly “post-conditions”. i.e. construction of settlements that will still belong to Israel after any final settlement. The negotiations over those acquisitions of territory were concluded years ago at gunpoint ;-)

  2. seafoid
    November 3, 2011, 1:46 pm

    Likud policy is very clear. There is no such thing as Palestine

  3. Charon
    November 3, 2011, 3:12 pm

    Netanyahu gets chastised by Likud and other revisionist Zionists platforms at the mere nothing of anything which could lead to any sort of Palestinian state (including non-viable, non-contiguous, Bantustan-style mini-states).

    Ariel Sharon had to start a new party in order to dismantle a few settlements. The settlement project and no Palestinian state West of the Jordan are Likud policy. It is an insult to even ask Abbas to negotiate with these guys. Abbas knows this. Bibi only pretends to give up pre-conditions to negotiating to fool the public into believing he is willing to. In the unlikely event of a negotiation, they would simply be conditions again.

    Abbas should really just play the same game. Given in to appease the Quartet and the US and allow Bibi to play his cards stating the exact same nonsense yet again. When “The Jewish State” comes up, save it for ‘consideration’ once there is a viable “Palestinian State” to negotiate over. Bibi would be revealing it to be a pre-condition, be a liar, and would walk.

  4. Avi_G.
    November 3, 2011, 3:14 pm

    I appreciate the Likud’s honesty. It’s far more respectable than Labor’s and Kadima’s hypocrisy.

    Remember Tzipi Livni’s rejection of Palestinian concessions in the Palestine Papers.

  5. es1982
    November 3, 2011, 4:17 pm

    I’m no fan of Likud, but I feel the need to point out the inaccuracy of this post. This isn’t the Likud “Charter”, it is its party platform from the elections to the 15th Knesset in 1999, when Netanyahu lost his seat to Ehud Barak – that’s ages ago in Israeli politics. Platforms change significantly from election to election. The line about the “The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza“, all in present tense, should be a clear sign that this is from long ago, before the disengagement plan.

    The Likud hasn’t become a dovish party, but it has accepted the idea of a Palestinian state (though Netanyahu wouldn’t be heartbroken if it never came to be).

    • Chaos4700
      November 3, 2011, 4:22 pm

      The Hamas Charter is from the 1980’s and yet you guys drone on and on and on about it. Likud clearly doesn’t accept a Palestinian state. No political party in Israel does. Why does twelve years matter? Israeli policy has barely shifted at all in more than six decades.

      • Keith
        November 3, 2011, 7:40 pm

        CHAOS- “Likud clearly doesn’t accept a Palestinian state. No political party in Israel does.”

        Exactly! And it has been that way right from the get go, and will continue to be that way unless Israel is forced to change. And it kind of rankles me that these Zionists totally misrepresent this reality, bringing up Hamas’ charter while ignoring six decades of empirical evidence along with very clear policy statements, spoken in Hebrew, to the Israeli Jewish electorate. Their arguments are bogus, completely tainted by a lack of intellectual integrity.

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      November 3, 2011, 4:35 pm

      “This isn’t the Likud ‘Charter’, it is its party platform from the elections to the 15th Knesset in 1999, when Netanyahu lost his seat to Ehud Barak – that’s ages ago in Israeli politics.”

      If it hasn’t been formally recinded, it is still in effect, right? If Likud did not feel it necessary to amend or rescind it in the last 12 years, then why should we not believe it is the true position of the party?

    • Avi_G.
      November 3, 2011, 6:39 pm


      Since you claim that this isn’t the current Likud platform, why not post the current platform?

      Or better yet, how about quoting Netanyahu on his — alleged — support for a Palestinian state?

      Note that a “State of Palestine,” refers to a viable, sovereign and independent state, not Bantustans with Israel controlling the airspace and sea access. In other words, no caveats.

    • Shingo
      November 3, 2011, 10:06 pm

      that’s ages ago in Israeli politics. Platforms change significantly from election to election.

      The Likud party platform remains unchanged.

    • Sumud
      November 4, 2011, 8:52 am

      Valid point es1982 (charter vs. platform) but I don’t believe for a moment that Likud accepts the idea of a Palestinian state at all.

      From Likud’s English website, quotes from the ‘highly abridged excerpt of the [2006] constitution for informational purposes only’:

      b. Safeguarding the right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel as an eternal, inalienable right, working diligently to settle and develop all parts of the land of Israel, and extending national sovereignty to them.

      We all know what a zionist means when they talk about the ‘Land of Israel’, and just in case you don’t there’s the “all parts of” and “extending national sovereignty” hints.

      Likud policy is no different to any of the other parties in Israel, they’re just more open about it. Netanyahu is flat-out lying when he says he’s accepted a Palestinian state.

      • es1982
        November 4, 2011, 6:10 pm

        I myself am not convinced that Likud has accepted the two-state solution. The big question is how the party platform will look like during the next elections. I expect a big fight at the party convention, not so much between those who support and oppose two states, but between those who want to seem moderate and those who don’t.

        I disagree that Likud is the same as other parties when it comes to a Palestinian state. Labor, Kadima and Meretz truly support its establishment.

  6. thetumta
    November 3, 2011, 9:28 pm

    All of this presumes that the Ayatollah Khomeini was incorrect in his assertion that the Zionist entity would disappear from the pages of history. I’m not religious, but I did watch the Soviet Union disappear in a manner of weeks to absolutely everyone’s amazement(including Gorbachev’s kidnappers). The speed with which it occurred reduced the bloodshed, I believe. The longer this intolerable situation takes to conclude, the uglier the end will be.
    On the heads of American Zionists(and their lackeys), I think. They are the enablers of Israeli extremism. Without their interference, the situation would have been resolved by now, out of necessity with much less violence. When the helicopters are flying off the roof of the American Embassy in Jerusalem, leave the Israelis to their fate and have no tolerance for their American supporters.


  7. Erasmus
    November 4, 2011, 4:44 am

    The above link for Likud Party Charter is only an excerpt from the ‘Peace & Security’ chapter of the Likud Party platform dated 1999.
    The website adds that The other chapters are currently being translated. The translations still seems in a similar process – as the peace process has remained since decades.
    2 years ago i made a major effort to obtain a full English version of the LIKUD PARTY CHARTER. I could not find anything nowhere.
    Finally, I directly requested the LIKUD PARTY for such an English Party charter. Repeatedly, 3 follow-ups : I never received any reply from them. Maybe it does exist only in Hebrew, the convenient language to hide and remain within the tribe.

    Request/Question to MW-readers:
    Has anybody a f u l l English version of the valid Likud PArty Charter??? and can provide a suitable link to such source

  8. upsidedownism
    November 4, 2011, 7:33 am

    this is what it says about likud at ynet, which is not unsympathetic to likud:

    Main platform
    Israel will not allow the establishment of an Arab Palestinian state west of the Jordan River. The Palestinians will be able to manage their lives freely in the framework of an autonomous regime, but not as a sovereign, independent state.

    The Jordan River will be the State of Israel’s permanent border.

    Jerusalem is the Jewish people’s everlasting capital; it will not be divided, nor will any negotiation to the effect be conducted. Israel will continue to push for the expansion of Jewish neighborhoods in east Jerusalem. Israel will ensure the freedom of religion and faith as well as free access to all holy places in Jerusalem, for all religions. The boosting of Jewish settlement activity in the Golan Heights will continue.

    Israel’s defense, safety and security will be top priority in any political negotiation or agreement. Israel will maintain all its security assets in order to ensure its ability to defend itself in times of crisis.

    The Likud pledges to continue to strive for peace with all of it neighbors, while stressing security Israel’s safety and security as a benchmark guideline to Mideast peace.

    Israel will spare no effort in ensuring the return of all its missing and captive soldiers; Israel will continue to work for the pardon of Jonathan Pollard.

    Israel will strive for a free economy while integrating into the global village, encouraging privatization and greater exposure to competition; a greater effort will be made to conserved the environment and improving infrastructure; additional government assistance will be offered in order to expand the job market and minimize unemployment; and more foreign currency, energy, tax, health and welfare reforms will be introduced.

  9. Erasmus
    November 5, 2011, 1:48 am

    Thanks, upsidedownism, for the additional info from a ynet-source.

    The Likud Charter (English Version) seems to be a very well hidden and secretive proposition!

    Reserved only for the initiated??
    Not for the public eye to see??
    One wonders, what is the reason for such clandestine behaviour.
    May be old pre-Israel underground tradition?

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