Israelis mull alternatives to failed peace plans

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Ministers and other members of the current Israelis government held an unofficial meeting on Tuesday to discuss alternatives to the “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Arab conflict.

The meeting was hosted by rookie Likud MK Tzipi Hotobeli, who noted that because the Israeli Right has failed to put forward a viable alternative plan until now, everyone currently views the two-state solution as inevitable, and merely argues over how to get there.

But in remarks to Israel National News, Hotobeli insisted that the two-state solution had failed, and that to implement it anyway could only lead to Israel’s demise. Instead, Hotobeli said that Israel’s right-wing-led government must come up with an alternative that does not end with the creation of yet another Arab Muslim state.

Since his election campaign, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to commit to the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state, much to the chagrin of world leaders. Netanyahu is said to prefer to grant the Palestinian Arabs greater autonomy, but not the powers and freedoms of an independent state.

Netanyahu, Hotobeli and others regularly point out that Israel’s surrender of the Gaza Strip in 2005 was a test case to determine how the Palestinians would react to achieving independence, and they reacted by handing over the reins of government to a terrorist organization.

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