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  6/8/2014, Sivan 10, 5774

Lapid Threatens Government over Non-Bloc Communities


Chairman Ya'ir Lapid of the Yesh Atid party pressed the case, Sunday evening, for creation of a Palestinian Authority state. Addressing the Herzliya Conference on public policy, the finance minister said, "If a Palestinian state is not established alongside Israel, sooner or later, the Palestinians will come to us, with the full backing of the nations of the world and say to us, 'We understand that you don't intend to give us a state so at least let us be real citizens.' Four million Palestinians will demand health insurance and national insurance, education and unemployment benefits and the right to vote."

Lapid continued, "If we say yes, we will cease to be a Jewish state. If we say no, we will cease to be a democratic state. Two destructive possibilities which it is our job to prevent from happening. If there is an attempt to annex even one [Jewish] community unilaterally, Yesh Atid will not just quit the government, it will bring it down." He called for a freeze in building in all communities outside blocs that will stay Israeli, calling the others a drain on the economy and Israel's security.

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