Ex-Israeli army chief: Two-state solution is dead

Thursday, July 05, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

The notion that Israel can obtain peace and security by surrendering land for the creating of a Palestinian Arab state has been proved false and must be replaced with a more realistic approach, said former Israeli army chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon on Thursday.

“We have to replace the concept of a two-state solution – it is not relevant anymore,” Yaalon told Army Radio. “This is not pessimism, but realism. It is not practical to keep assuming it is the answer.”

Ya'alon said a re-examination of Israel's approach to the peace process is necessary in light of Hamas' military conquest of the Gaza Strip last month, which was made possible by Israel's withdrawal from the area two years earlier.

“What we are witnessing in Gaza is the establishment of a Jihadist Islamic society” resulting from an Israeli attempt to bolster so-called “moderate” Palestinian leaders, explained the retired general.

Israel's withdrawal from Gaza “was a victory for the global Jihad and gave strength to Hizballah, Hamas and all the other Islamist groups.”

Ya'alon cautioned Israel's leadership to learn the lessons of Gaza and not repeat the mistake by implementing a pullout from most of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).

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