Shaked: We Won't be in a Government that Accepts '67 Borders'
The Jewish Home party will not be part of a coalition that will accept the indefensible pre-1967 lines as a basis for negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA), MK Ayelet Shaked said on Monday.
Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Shaked said that her party has made this position clear to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and has told him that this would be a red line for the Jewish Home.
"We made it clear to the prime minister that we will not sit in a government that adopts the pre-1967 lines as the basis for negotiations,” she declared.
The comments come in the wake of reports that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is planning to impose a document with a proposal for a framework agreement, in the hope that it would eventually lead to a peace deal between Israel and the PA.
While the contents of Kerry’s document have not yet been made public, even to Knesset members who are not directly involved in the talks, many are speculating that it will include details on Israeli concessions as part of a future peace deal, or at the very least will be a “soft” version of American demands, which are unacceptable to the Jewish Home.
Senior Likud politicians have said that Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett is placing heavy pressure on Netanyahu not to bring the document to a ministerial vote, when he receives it from Kerry.
Shaked added that the members of her party will discuss their future in the coalition when the document is brought before them.
“We’ll hold a discussion and decide if we can stay in the government and live with the document or if we think that it is a dangerous document, in which case we will leave the coalition and work to bring it down,” she said.
"If we think that the government is not a good one for the people of Israel, according to our perception, we will go to the opposition and the job of the opposition is to bring down the coalition," reiterated Shaked.
She also rejected an idea proposed Sunday by Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, who said he would support an idea of an exchange of land and population but without uprooting Jewish communities.
Liberman suggested that the Israeli border be moved toward what is Highway 6, which runs from southern to northern Israel, passing well to the west of Jerusalem. He was apparently referring to his stated plan to give over the majority Arab “triangle” region in the Sharon region south of the Galilee to the PA.
Shaked said that Liberman’s plan “involves land concessions and withdrawals and we oppose it as well.”