Knesset Member Danny Ayalon (Israel Is Our Home-Yisrael Beiteinu) has contradicted himself twice concerning the establishment of a Palestinian Authority state. He told The Jerusalem Post last week that he favors its creation and claimed he never had been asked to take a stand. However, review of an interview with him on Israel National Radio during the campaign disproves his claims.
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Asked if Yisrael Beiteinu’s idea of exchanging land with the PA effectively means establishing a PA state, MK Ayalon told Israel National Radio, “No, not necessarily. We are against a Palestinian state with t
We are against a Palestinian state.... No one asked us during the campaign if we were in favor of a Palestinian state. The answer is yes.
he current situation where they are entities of terror and incitement and they preach hate for the State of Israel [with] no legitimacy for us.”
He added that even if in the future “there is nobody on the other side who is willing or capable of delivering anything...and there is no more terror, I do not want to give [them] a state…. When we redraw the border--this is not to prejudge what will be on the other side in terms of the entity of the Palestinians.”
After party chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman wrote in the New York Jewish Week last month that he favors a PA state, the Post quoted MK Ayalon as saying, "No one asked us during the campaign if we were in favor of a Palestinian state. The answer is yes, but for us, unlike Kadima, it is not an obsession. It's something that we would accept if all our conditions are met.”
MK Ayalon was not available for comment because he was busy with meetings concerning the emerging coalition government, according to his spokeswoman. However, she added that he said he does not recall having spoken with the Post.
The newspaper’s reporter Gil Hoffman told Israel National News on Sunday that he spoke with MK Ayalon the evening before the article was published.