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Daily Israel Report

Bennett: 'Realistic Era' Replacing 'Oslo Era'

Jewish Home head tells reporters it's time to accept there is no peace in sight, calls for sovereignty move, 'autonomy on steroids.'
By Uzi Baruch
First Publish: 4/27/2014, 6:33 PM

Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
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Jewish Home Chairman, Minister Naftali Bennett, told foreign reporters Sunday that “the Oslo era is heading to its end. The new era is called the 'realistic era.'”

In the realistic era, he explained, Israelis and Palestinian Arabs must learn to live in coexistence. “Anyone looking at the reality understands that we will not reach a peace treaty in the foreseeable future.”

Realistic endeavors include greater investment in the economy, in quality of life, and in the Palestinians' independence of governance, Bennett said. Meanwhile, Israel should apply its sovereignty to 'Areas C' in Judea and Samaria.

"The Palestinians took unilateral steps and I think we should do the same,” he added.

Bennett said he would offer the Palestinians “autonomy on steroids” in Areas B and C. “That is the best we can maange at present,” he explained.

"I know this is not as attractive as the 'perfect solution' of two states for two nations,” the religious Zionist leader jabbed at at the Left, “but this is the reality. We have to live together. The peace is a peace on the ground, there is no great love lost there but we live together and that is the reality... In Israel, a day without war is a good day. Let's buy more days without wars.”

Bennett made clear that Hamas is a “lethal" terrorist organization that has murdered over 1,000 Israelis, and did so with the intent of killing civilians. “Even if the Hamas-Fatah government accepts the Quartet conditions, we will still not negotiate with it,” he promised.

Referring to his political adversary, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who has headed the Israeli team to the talks with the PA, he said: "I told Tzipi Livni – I am not interfering, go bring peace. If the nation supports it, I will accept it and convince my voters to do the same. We saw the result.”