Netanyahu: There Will Be No Palestinian State on My Watch
As elections near, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has gone on a storm of interviews in an effort to reach out to right-wing voters.
In those interviews, several of them published for the first time on Monday, Netanyahu made clear that if he is reelected as prime minister, he would do everything in his power to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.
According to the Prime Minister, the establishment of such a state would be a huge mistake and have a grave and negative impact.
Echoing remarks he made during an exclusive interview with Arutz Sheva on Sunday, Netanyahu told Makor Rishon that establishing a Palestinian state would essentially be giving territory to extremists.
"I think that anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state and open up territory is giving radical Islam a space to attack the State of Israel," he argued. "Whoever ignores this is burying his head in the sand."
"The Left does this - it buries its head in the sand time and time again," the Prime Minister went on to attack. "We are realistic and understand the test is who will form the next government. I am not conceding. They wouldn't focus these great efforts against me if they didn't think I would be the preventer [of this]."
In another interview with NRG, Netanyahu reiterated his opposition to a Palestinian state, answering "indeed" when the interviewer asked if it was true there would be no Palestinian state should he be reelected as premier.
He also criticized MKs Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid, blaming them once again for forcing him to dissolve the former government in December and call new elections.