'Trump was not chosen for Israel - he was chosen for the US'

Public Security Minister speaks about Sunday's Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu's upcoming meeting with Trump, building in Judea and Samaria.

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Interior Minister Gilad Erdan
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In an interview with Army Radio on Monday morning, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) spoke about Sunday's stormy Cabinet meeting.

"Netanyahu sat very patiently and heard everyone out," Erdan noted. "Every Cabinet member is opposed to a Palestinian state, including Netanyahu. Some oppose the idea for ideological or Biblical reasons, and some for security reasons. The question is how best we should present our interests to US President Donald Trump. We need to remember that Trump was not chosen to work for the sake of Israel - he was chosen to work for the sake of US citizens.

"A Palestinian state is a bad solution which needs to become extinct. We should not dictate to Trump what we believe his position should be. Netanyahu will need to decide what to say based on how he feels during the meeting.

"Trump is not finished assembling his Middle East staff, but Netanyahu was already invited to speak to him. I don't think we need to tell the Prime Minister what he needs to say."

Regarding Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz's criticism of Bennett, Erdan said, "I have the feeling that the Israeli public is smart and understands why every minister says what he says, and what his political motives are. The public understands that the Prime Minister is the one who will travel [to speak to leaders], and that he will represent everyone.

"For many years, Israel and the world said, 'Time is against us.' Right now, the Palestinians have no reason to come to the negotiating table. If we begin building in Judea and Samaria, it changes the balance.

"The Palestinians need to understand that the more they support terror and refuse to negotiate, the more time will work against them. Yesterday's discussion was about how to work together with the US. We each put our ideas on the table, and the Prime Minister will decide what he needs to speak about.

"The Prime Minister does not need to come to Trump with a list of demands. He needs to speak with Trump about what is most important," Erdan concluded.

According to recent reports, Netanyahu will discuss with Trump Iran and negotiations with the PA, but will not raise the issue of annexing Maaleh Adumim.