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Netanyahu: ‘We need to control all of the territory for the foreseeable future’

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For the clearest distillation of Israeli political thinking there is no better place to start than at the top. Haaretz‘s Barak Ravid reports on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s message to a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that although he doesn’t want a binational state, “at this time we need to control all of the territory for the foreseeable future.”

MKs who took part in the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting — where the prime minister spoke — told Haaretz that Netanyahu turned to the politicians and said, hinting at the anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination: “These days, there is talk about what would happen if this or that person would have remained. It’s irrelevant; there are movements here of religion and Islam that have nothing to do with us.” Netanyahu then turned to opposition MKs and said: “You think there is a magic wand here, but I disagree. I’m asked if we will forever live by the sword — yes.”

There you have it. Israel has every intention to control all of the territory from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea even with the acknowledgement that this means it will “forever live by the sword,” meaning endless conflict and bloodshed.

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Segregation now, segregation forever!*

*Reference to an obscure Alabama politician from the 1960s.

“with the sword”! Everybody should recognize the religious metaphor which combines fighting and building according to Nehemia 4:18: “Each builder worked with a sword strapped to his side, while a trumpeter remained beside me to sound an alarm.” That’s the national-religious worldview of the president of the state of Israel.

Poor Israel is just the passive, innocent victim: “there are movements here of religion and Islam that have nothing to do with us.”

Thanks for this report, though in truth it isn’t a surprise.

Good. The two state solution is a sham anyway, and its forced establishment would only lead to the lessening of pressure on Israel and the delay of justice for Palestinians. This way the status quo will be Netanyahu’s undoing, when he can’t withdraw anymore (which I believe is already there, but the international community believe otherwise) the binational state model will be the only way to go. Israelis marched to this with their own two… Read more »

… Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that although he doesn’t want a binational state, “at this time we need to control all of the territory for the foreseeable future.” … Netanyahu then turned to opposition MKs and said: “You think there is a magic wand here, but I disagree. I’m asked if we will forever live by the sword — yes.” Attaboy, Bibi, you sadistic rapist, you. No matter what people say, you keep… Read more »