Lapid faces backlash for reported plan to back two-state solution in todays UN address

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Lawmakers harshly criticized Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Wednesday after it was revealed that he would call for the two-state solution in his upcoming address at the United Nations General Assembly.

One of the most prominent voices opposing the plan was that of Prime Minister-designate Naftali Bennett, Lapid’s closest ally and partner in the interim government.

“The path I led as prime minister was not to quarrel with the whole world unnecessarily, but also not to fold unnecessarily. There is no place or logic to bringing back the idea of a Palestinian state.

I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.” Joel 3:2

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“By the way, who are we talking about when we talk about Palestinians? About the Hamas terror organization, which is supported by the majority of Palestinians? About the Islamic Jihad? Or about [PA leader Mahmoud] Abbas who in his free time denies the Holocaust and pays murderers? They themselves are deeply conflicted and light years away from being able to govern.

“The year is 2022, not 1993. Even the true friends of the State of Israel do not expect us to compromise on our security and our future,” he wrote on Twitter … Therefore, empty slogans like ‘two states’ should remain in the 90s, along with many other fads that have faded away.”

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked also expressed criticism, saying that as interim Prime Minister, Lapid had “no public legitimacy to entangle Israel with statements that will harm the country.”

The Likud party blasted the prime minister as well: “After Lapid established the first Israeli-Palestinian government, now he wants to establish a Palestinian state … and hand over territories from our homeland to our enemies. For years, [Benjamin] Netanyahu managed to remove the Palestinian issue from the world agenda, and Lapid brought Abbas back to the forefront in less than a year.”

Calling the two-state solution “a deviant idea,” head of the far-right Religious Zionist Party Bezalel Smotrich accused Lapid of “inviting international pressure on Israel to promote a step that is nothing less than suicide for the state” and Defense Minister Benny Gantz of bringing “Abbas back to the center of the political stage.”

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