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Amidror: US Cannot Force Dangerous Deal On Us

Former National Security Adviser speaks about peace talks and Ya'alon's criticism of Kerry, media treatment of Netanyahu.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 1/15/2014, 2:01 PM

Yaakov Amidror
Yaakov Amidror
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Former National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror spoke Wednesday about the American efforts to force a peace deal on Israel in the framework of talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA). The US pressure reportedly included the threat of European boycotts by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

"The US cannot force a peace program on Israel that will endanger its security," Amidror told Galei Tzahal (IDF Radio). "It takes three to tango - they need to be serious on the Palestinian side, the Israeli side and the American side."

Amidror was also asked regarding Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's comments that were reported on this week, in which he called Kerry "obsessive and messianic."

According to Amidror, Ya'alon "is more veteran [than I am], and doesn't need advice from me. But the Jewish sages once said: 'wise ones, be careful with your words,' and like most advice from the sages, that should be followed as law."

As a former aide to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Amidror also slammed the media's representation of Netanyahu as being "inappropriate."

The media's criticism "is very far from describing the true Netanyahu and his decision making process, the media is doing a great injustice to Netanyahu," opined Amidror.

Reports indicate Netanyahu was willing to lease the communities of Judea and Samaria, giving ownership of Israel's heartland to the PA in the framework of peace talks. The offer was refused by the PA.