'Arabs believe all of Israel is a settlement'

Former Defense Minister warns Israeli retreat from Judea and Samaria could lead to massive regional destabilization.

David Rosenberg ,

Moshe Yaalon
Moshe Yaalon
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Former Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon blasted Israel’s political establishment, Palestinian irredentism, and Israeli supporters of the land-for-peace formula on Wednesday in a speech at Bar Ilan University.

The ex-Likud minister, who bolted the party after losing the Defense Ministry to Yisrael Beytenu Chief Avigdor Liberman, made a thinly-veiled jab at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, railing against what he described as Israel’s corrupt leadership, adding that “If there is no confidence in the leadership, then there is no leadership.”

Yaalon has launched a number of scathing attacks against Israel’s religious and political leadership as of late, positioning himself away from the right-wing.

Last Wednesday the former Defense Minister slammed the religious Zionist establishment, accusing its leadership of endorsing extremism.

But Yaalon also ripped the Palestinian Authority, arguing that the Palestinians would never accept any Israel of any size or shape.

“Both [Hamas and the PLO] advocate a Palestinian state ‘from the river to the sea,” said Yaalon. According to the vision presented by Palestinian leadership “there is no room for a Jewish state.”

Yaalon ridiculed the argument made by some on the Israeli left that Palestinian hatred of Israel was driven merely by a desire for statehood in Judea and Samaria.

For the Palestinians, he said “The biggest ‘settlement’ is the land of Israel is Tel Aviv, for those who don’t know, not Beit El and Elon Moreh.”

“The PLO’s leadership – Arafat and Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] – has, since the Oslo [agreement] has avoided every opportunity to reach a final status [agreement]. They could have gotten territory without giving up anything, we called it ‘land for peace’. But what we got was ‘land for terror’.”



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