A blue-and-white chairman gave an interview to the Saudi newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, which is distributed in the Arab world, presented his doctrine – and received criticism from the right. • The Likud’s new MK:
Defense Minister Bnei Gantz, chairman of Blue and White, gave an interview to the Saudi newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, which is distributed in the Arab world, and presented his doctrine for resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
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Ganz said, “Jerusalem should remain united, but there should be room for a Palestinian capital. It is a very wide city and full of holy places for everyone. “
He called on Abu Mazen to join the peace process between Israel and Arab countries and not to be left behind. Ganz emphasized that Israel would not return to the 1967 borders, but that there could be an exchange of territories with the Palestinians.
“You know that we opposed the annexation plan from the beginning, before the UAE demand was raised and before Netanyahu agreed to the freeze. We opposed the training of outposts. We want to expand the Palestinian entity geographically, to enable it to live a comfortable life without obstacles.
“What we are constantly asking for is security. We need real strategic barriers to security. Of course, one can talk about land swaps, although I do not see how and where. We say the 1967 borders will not return. But it is always possible to find compromises. “
Ganz added: “I live in Rosh HaAyin on the border with the West Bank, I have friends in Taibeh and Araba and I visit them and they visit me and I want this to happen with Nablus and Hebron and Ramallah as well.
“I have fought in the Israeli army for 38 years, and believe me, the generals in the army who have seen and tasted the horrors of war are the ones who most want peace. Among our generals, I can say with confidence that I am asking for peace the most. “
Ganz was asked: “When will Netanyahu allow you to visit Arab countries and have you visited any Arab country?”.
He replied: “I have visited all Arab countries, but as part of military missions, and I very much want to visit them in public, officially, in a friendly and peaceful manner.”
As for the political situation, Gantz estimated in an interview that Israel will reach the elections soon, but said that the polls will change and his party will get more seats than it seems. This is because now, he says, 20% of eligible voters still do not know who to vote for.
The blue-and-white chairman’s statement that “Jerusalem will remain united – but there is also room for a Palestinian capital” – provoked outrage among politicians on the right.
Speaker of the Knesset, MK Yariv Levin: “Jerusalem is the heart of the Land of Israel and the State of Israel, to which Jews will long for two thousand years of exile. We were privileged to unite Jerusalem as the capital of Israel forever. There is no two Jerusalem and no one has the right to appeal our full right to it. No one has the right to give up the dream of generations that has come true. Our historic, exclusive and unquestionable right to Jerusalem will continue to stand up to any evil spirit. We will continue to build Jerusalem. “
Minister of Jerusalem and the Heritage of Rabbi Rafi Peretz: “United Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people. Not anyone else’s beer. This is where our ancestors walked and this is our quarry reactor. Ganz, from my acquaintance with you, you also believe in it. “
Former mayor of Jerusalem, MK Nir Barkat: “Jerusalem is the capital of only one state. The eternal capital of the Jewish people, the capital of the State of Israel. “
Minister Zeev Elkin tweeted on Twitter: “No, my son, you are confused, there is no place for a Palestinian capital in a united Jerusalem, there is not and will not be. Like this, simple: no ”.
MK Katie Sheetrit: Gantz is confused by the polls and winks at the extreme left base. Jerusalem was the capital of Israel in the days of King David. Thousands of years of longing for our capital have been fulfilled in recent generations with the unification of Jerusalem. United Jerusalem will remain under Israeli sovereignty only. Not to a Palestinian state in the heart of Israel. “
New MK Nissim Vatori from the Likud: “No, there is no place for a Palestinian capital in Jerusalem. There is also no place in the Israeli government for such positions. The Magnz divorce process is one of the most justified ever. Good riddance”.
Gantz’s party member, MK Eitan Ginzburg, commented on the “This Morning” program on the Internet: “I do not know this, but the platform of blue and white that says that Jerusalem will remain united as the capital of Israel.”