Deputy FM: No reason to uproot settlements

Tzipi Hotovely says PM Netanyahu sees no reason to apply sovereignty; Jews can live under PA rule if future PA state is founded.

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Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) on Sunday morning said that the Israeli government has no intention of uprooting Jews from their homes, even if a peace agreement is reached.

On Sunday morning, the left-wing Haaretz newspaper claimed Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu demanded the US allow "settlers" to live under Palestinian rule.

"As someone who participates in many diplomatic conversations, I can tell you that Netanyahu very clearly said, 'No Jew will be removed from his home,'" Hotovely said.

"He said that in Belgium and Holland, there are sections of land which simply became part of another country, and therefore the idea that we have to either uproot the settlements or apply sovereignty is irrelevant."

According to the Haaretz report, the US agreed to Netanyahu's demand that such a section be included in the document. However, the section was eventually removed due to pressure from Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) and Likud officials.

The Palestinian Authority, lead by Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, has long insisted that any future Palestinian state be Judenrein. This would include Israeli security forces. PA Spokesman Nabil Abu-Roudeina, recently reiterated the demand.