News Brief 1/27/2011, Shevat 22, 5771
Erdan: There's No Peace Partner
Environment Minister Gilad Erdan said in an interview to Arutz Sheva's Hebrew magazine that there is still no partner for peace in the Palestinian Authority, despite the publishing of the leaked documents by Al-Jazeera which show the PA's apparent concessions.
"All the talk that says that making concessions and uprooting people from their homes will bring about a political agreement is wrong," said Erdan. "Since Oslo it has been proven that it brings the opposite and makes the Arabs demand more and more. I think the latest publications show how false is that narrative that there are small gaps and there is a partner for peace. There is no partner."
Erdan added that "the most left-wing government we ever had here, headed by Olmert and Livni, was willing to expel so many Jews, including those in Kiryat Arba and many other places, and that was still not enough for the Arabs and they demanded Ma'ale Adumim, Givat Ze'ev, Efrat, Har Homa and Gilo. It just shows that there are huge gaps and that there is no partner. You have to understand that there is no chance of reaching a political settlement that will end the conflict."