Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday responded to international criticism of his construction plans in E1, which would connect Maaleh Adumim to Jerusalem, telling foreign journalists, "I don't understand how people say that a Palestinian state cannot exist if Maalah Adumim is connected to Jerusalem,' he said.
"These are the same people who say that you'll have a Palestinian state between Gaza and the West Bank, and they're divided by 60-70 kilometres (40-45 miles)," he said. "That's fine, that doesn't preclude a Palestinian state in their minds but the fact that Maaleh Adumim can be connected to Jerusalem by a corridor of 2-3
kilometres, (they say) that somehow prevents a Palestinian state. That's not true. It's simply false."