Netanyahu urged to clarify positions

Sunday, July 29, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Ahead of what many believe will be early elections in Israel, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu has been urged to clarify whether or not he, as leader of the nationalist camp, supports the creation of another Arab state on Israel's biblical heartland.

Last week, Netanyahu told supporters following a meeting with the Egyptian and Jordanian foreign ministers, who were visiting Israel as representatives of the Arab League, that he had expressed his official opposition to the pan-Arab peace initiative that calls for Israel to surrender all territories captured in the 1967 Six Day War in return for the promise of peace.

“The withdrawal from Gaza two years ago proved that any Israeli withdrawal, particularly a unilateral one, does not advance peace but establishes a terror base for radical Islam,” Netanyahu said.

But Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Gheit told his nation's Al Ahram daily newspaper on Saturday that while Netanyahu wanted to alter some points of the Arab plan, he had not expressed any opposition to its underlying premise - the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza in exchange for peace with the Arab world.

Hours later, prominent right-wing Israeli lawmaker Aryeh Eldad clarify his positions, reported Israel National News.

“Whoever presents himself as the head of the national camp... should clearly state his plans,” said Eldad.

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