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Ya'alon: 'EU Boycott Better Than PA Rockets'

Def. Minister says boycott preferable to misguided compromises, warns PA will not be appeased.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 12/30/2013, 8:03 PM

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon
Flash 90

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said on Monday that if faced with a choice between foreign pressure or a failed compromise with the Palestinian Authority (PA), leading to "rockets from Jenin and Ramallah...on Ben Gurion Airport, then a European boycott is preferable."

Speaking at a committee of the newspaper Calcalist about peace talks and security, Ya'alon opposed harmful compromises to the PA, commenting "whoever experienced wars truly wants there to be peace. But sometimes particularly this positive tendency confuses us."

Analyst Mark Langfan has in the past warned of the strategic dangers presented by a PA controlled Judea and Samaria, in which rockets could potentially rain down upon Israeli population centers.

Strategic threats of PA controlled Judea and Samaria Mark Langfan

In addition to the PA threat, Ya'alon spoke about the Sunday rocket attacks from Lebanon, elaborating on his initial condemnation. He intimated that intelligence reports indicate the attack was carried out by Sunnis fighting the Shi'ite terror organization Hezbollah in Syria, with the goal of drawing Israel into retaliating against Hezbollah amid Lebanese sectarian conflicts.

Ya'alon focused on the peace talks with the PA, warning about the realities of the conflict.

Anyone who thinks the conflict will be solved on the 1949 Armistice lines "is simply mistaken," states Ya'alon. "(PA Chairman) Mahmoud Abbas, who is thought to be a moderate among them, will not dare say that if we reach a territorial compromise on agreed lines that will be the end of the conflict and an end to the claims."

The Defense Minister further noted Abbas will not recognize "the state of Israel's existence as the national homeland of the Jewish people. Their intention is to achieve what they want to achieve, and to continue the struggle." The PA has already officially refused to recognize Israel as the Jewish state.

Speaking about the PA, Ya'alon commented that "we don't want to rule over them. We already separated from them politically. They have political independence. They have their own government, parliament, authorities and institutions. They don't need to vote for the Knesset. Let's advance the economy with them, governability, law and order, security. But first let's advance education."

"It's a long road, but it's the shortest road," opined Ya'alon. "I'm not confused: let them call me a hard nut like in the newspapers...on the security of Israel and the future of the state of Israel you don't compromise."

Ya'alon's comments come after he recently voted to release 26 terrorists this week as part of the third batch of "gestures" for peace talks with the PA.