Daily Israel Report

Residents' Council Warns: Bibi Wants a Palestinian State

Binyamin Residents' Council new video reminds voters that Netanyahu expressed his support for a Palestinian state.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 1/11/2013, 4:46 AM

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Netanyahu
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The Binyamin Residents' Council has uploaded a new video to YouTube which emphasizes that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu expressed his support during the 2009 Bar-Ilan speech for a demilitarized Palestinian state alongside Israel.

The video also shows Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas saying that he will not give up on one inch of Jerusalem in a future agreement which sees the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Since the beginning of the election campaign, the Binyamin Residents' Council has posted a number of videos that remind the nationalist public about some of the Israeli government's actions which have harmed the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria.

As proof that Netanyahu is planning to establish a Palestinian state, the Council presents in the video an interview given earlier this week by Netanyahu's senior coalition partner, Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Lieberman.

Lieberman declared in a radio interview that he believes in the “two state solution” and added that the joint Likud Beytenu party will base its policy on Netanyahu’s Bar-Ilan speech.

Israel has no imperialistic aspirations, Lieberman said. The government is ready to agree to a new Arab state, “Palestine,” when conditions are right and there is a partner for peace.

The Binyamin Residents' Council's video also mentions Netanyahu's failure to adopt the Levy Report, which concluded that there is no “occupation” and international law allows Jews to live in Judea and Samaria, as its status was not that of a nation in 1967.

Netanyahu effectively shelved the report by setting it aside for further study, but with elections coming up, it was reported that he would recommend that the government adopt part of the recommendations.

Netanyahu later gave up on bringing the report’s conclusions for government approval because of objection by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.

"Netanyahu, unlike new parties or those who were never in power, can be tested according to his deeds," the Binyamin Residents' Council said on Thursday. "Even though he did many good things for the settlement enterprise, during the most important and fundamental tests he acted contrary to his statements. We note in the video that if he declares that he will adopt the Levy Report and denies the statement made by his party member Lieberman, things will look different. Currently, there is a great danger that Netanyahu is planning measures that will tear apart the settlement enterprise and, as a public service, we present this to the voters."

The Binyamin Residents' Council video, though in Hebrew, can be found below: