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.”
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.
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.”