Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon shot down on Sunday the idea that Israel might buckle under the pressure being exerted by US Secretary of State John Kerry, and accept the conditions of his peace plans.
“We cannot negotiate with the Palestinians when Secretary Kerry is pressuring Israel, threatening Israel, that we must sign the deal 'today, now.' That is not the way to support an ally. That is not the way to support Israel,” Danon insisted, in an interview to Arutz Sheva at the JNF event in Paris.
“We want to negotiate,” he explained, “but we will not do it under the pressure coming from Secretary of State Kerry.”
“We will not go back to the 1967 lines,” Danon emphasized. “We will not divide Jerusalem. I expect Prime Minister Netanyahu to tell Secretary Kerry – we appreciate your efforts, but we can not do what you expect us to do.”
Gil Ronen contributed to this report.