Former National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror slammed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Tuesday for, in his words, playing along with the Palestinian Authority's demands in peace talks.
"[Former Prime Minister Yitzhak] Rabin was not thinking at all about compensation in exchange for land to be annexed beyond the '67 lines," Amidror stated in a lecture. His quotations were transcribed and broadcasted on IDF Radio Tuesday morning. "Now it is obvious and understood that there is to be 'compensation.'"
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.
Amidror's criticism surfaces as US Secretary of State John Kerry and Netanyahu hold last-minute talks over the future of the peace process, which failed over the weekend after a long process of the PA making demands, refusing to make concessions, and adding extra preconditions.
Abbas has repeatedly said that unless all his preconditions are met, there will be no peace with Israel.
Over the weekend, Israel told PA officials that a deal to release a fourth batch of terrorists to the PA was postponed, after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said the release would "topple the government" due to public and political backlash.
On Saturday, the PA claimed that Israel had offered to release 400 terrorists from its prisons so that peace talks continue. The idea has sparked a tremendous backlash from several politicians and officials, including Economics Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) and former Shin Bet head Yuval Diskin.
In the meantime, Kerry has scrambled to save talks, making last-minute meetings with both Abbas and Netanyahu Monday night. The White House has reportedly offered to free captive Jonathan Pollard to salvage talks, in exchange for the planned terrorist release.