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Israel opposes “unilateral” imposition of Palestinian state


JERUSALEM: Israel on Sunday made official its opposition to what it calls the “unilateral recognition” of the Palestinian state, and declared that any such agreement must be concluded direct negotiations.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu submitted the “declaratory decision” to a vote by the cabinet, which unanimously approved the measure, according to a statement.
Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly meeting that the decision followed “recent discussions within the International community about an attempt to unilaterally impose a Palestinian state on Israel.
The war in Gaza that has raged since Hamas’s October 7 rampage against Israeli communities is the latest in a conflict between Israelis and Palestinians that has lasted for seven decades and is destabilizing the Middle East.
Efforts to achieve a two-state solution – a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza alongside Israel – have stalled since 2014.
US President Joe Biden has attempted to strike an even broader deal in the Middle East, which would include Saudi Arabia and other Arab states normalizing relations with Israel, as well as the creation of a Palestinian state.
The official Israeli statement, according to Netanyahu’s office, reflects the fact that: “Israel categorically rejects international dictates regarding a permanent agreement with the Palestinians. An agreement, should it be reached, will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, without preconditions. “
“Israel will continue to oppose unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Such recognition, following the October 7 massacre, would provide an enormous and unprecedented reward to terrorism and prevent any future peace agreement,” he said. he declared.


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