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Palestinian State: Where Left and Right Meet

The proximity of Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv’s interview with former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami (Sep. 22) and the publication of MK Bezalel Smotrich’s plan to annex the West Bank is quite striking.

Left-winger BenAmi was the foreign minister present at the 2000 Camp David peace summit between then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat. The dismal failure of these “peace talks” resulted in 1,137 dead and 8,341 wounded Israelis. The far-right Smotrich and his faction introduced a plan diametrically opposed to that of Ben-Ami, who basically tried to give the Palestinians the entire West Bank, Gaza and the Temple Mount. In the interview, Ben-Ami finally admits that “it is nearly impossible to sustain here one state, let alone two. Ending the occupation is an empty slogan [because] for the Palestinians it means…