On the eve of much-anticipated Knesset elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made one last attempt to pull in the right-wing voters. He vowed that if he is re-elected as the head of government, a separate Palestinian state would not be created.
Netanyahu believes that relinquishing lands to the Palestinians would risk leaving Israel open to attacks by Islamists.
"I think that anyone who moves to establish a Palestinian state and evacuate territory gives territory away to radical Islamist attacks against Israel," the Likud leader said during an interview on Monday. "The left has buried its head in the sand time and after time and ignores this, but we are realistic and understand."
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The recent statement clearly contradicts Bibi’s famous 2009 Bar Ilan speech where the leader specifically supported the notion of two separate states for Jews and Arabs to live peacefully side by side.
During a visit to the East Jerusalem settlement of Har Homa earlier, he also predicted that "Hamastan B" will be established in Jerusalem if he were not re-elected.
“If Tzipi [Livni] and Bougie [Isaac Herzog] form a government, Hamastan B will be established here,” he said.
Netanyahu’s Likud party faces opposition from Habayit Hayehudi, a religious Zionist Union in Tuesday’s elections.