Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) said on Tuesday that she welcomed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly.
Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Hotovely said Netanyahu’s speech sent a loud and clear message that the so-called “two-state solution” is dead.
"The speech yesterday was the way to tell the world that the two-state solution had died. Netanyahu told the world that Abbas and Hamas are the same, they want to destroy Israel," she said.
In the speech, explained Hotovely, the Prime Minister suggested that the world start thinking outside the box.
"He spoke about the Middle East, about Cairo and Saudi Arabia and in essence hinted at other solutions rather than dividing the country. He alluded to the concepts of confederation. It was an important speech,” she said.
"In principle, there was an official announcement [in the speech] that the two-state solution is impossible and that a Palestinian state will not be established. What solutions will come later requires serious discussions,” added Hotovely.
"As far as I’m concerned, the Jewish people are the exclusive sovereign, including in Shechem and Hevron. We know that in Ramallah and Shechem we have lost our effectiveness since the Oslo Accords. It is clear they will not become our supporters and therefore we need to think what to do with the population, how to let them become part of us without it affecting the demography and the Jewish majority,” said Hotovely, adding, "The new solutions require serious discussions. For starters, Israel must annex Judea and Samaria, as this sends a message to the world and to the Palestinians that we are here to stay.”
Nationalist MKs welcomed Netanyahu’s speech on Monday, saying among other things that it was a fitting response to “the lies and slanders of [Palestinian Authority Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas,” and that Netanyahu had “held up a mirror in front of the western world and emphasized the immediate dangers that Iran, Hamas and ISIS place before it.”
Leftist MKs, however, were not on board with the speech, saying Netanyahu “missed the mark”.