Bennett: Palestinian state would lead to refugee crisis for Israel

Jpost – Arab Israeli Conflict
By February 20, 2017

Reiterating his fierce opposition to a two-state solution, Education and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) said Monday that the creation of a Palestinian state would see an influx of Palestinian refugees, many of whom he believes would try to cross into Israel.

Addressing the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations at its annual summit in Jerusalem, Bennett said: “If we establish a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria, that state will open up the gates and we’ll see a flood of refugees enter Judea and Samaria.”

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He warned that the result would be a swift reversal of of the Jewish majority between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, to an Arab one. “That would be a huge mistake and can’t be undone.

“Anyone who thinks these millions of refugees will enter Judea and Samaria… and remain content there is mistaken,” Bennett continued, opining that those arriving in Nablus and Ramallah would soon be redirected to Tel Aviv and Haifa.

The minister touted his well-known proposal for a resolution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict: annexing Area C of the West Bank and offering citizenship to the Palestinians living there, while offering “autonomy on steroids” to Palestinians living in Area A and Area B.

He added that he was “very pleased to see that gradually Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is adopting this approach.” While acknowledging that “the jury is still out’ on this issue, he expressed satisfaction that Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump were willing to explore new ideas.

At a joint press conference held by Netanyahu and Trump at the White House last week, Trump said, “I’m looking at two states and one state, and I like the one that both parties like.”

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Was the victim of Human Rights Abuses (e.g. Hummasti v Bell, 98-3651-JTC) while a patient in the custody of the US Attorney General and hospitalized under 18 USC 4241 through 4244, et seq.! Interests: Biblical Studies, Talmudic Studies, Dead Sea (Yam Melek [Sea of Kings Soferim]) Scrolls, Scribal (Stam Sofer) Traditions, Cantorial (Hazzan) Psalms (Tehillim). Illustrated Calligraphy (e.g. Ketuvim [Jewish Marriage Contracts], Poetry). Self Published Manuscripts and Screen Plays at yhummastiscribd web site:
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