Arab League: Netanyahu was 'Electioneering'

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi claims Netanyahu's was "electioneering" when he ruled out a Palestinian state if re-elected.

Elad Benari ,

Nabil Al-Arabi
Nabil Al-Arabi

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Wednesday dismissed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's vow to rule out a Palestinian state if re-elected.

Speaking to AFP, al-Arabi said Netanyahu’s statements were "electioneering".

The Prime Minister statements would "not be the policies of the future Israeli government," he predicted, adding, “We will have to wait and see."

"I believe personally that he made that statement about... no two states to gain the votes of the extremists, particularly those Russian immigrants who went to Israel in the last 10, 15 years," al-Arabi told AFP.

He added that he expected stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), which broke down last year, to resume after the next Israeli government is formed.

"I think there will be enough pressure on any Israeli government that the situation as it is cannot continue; Israel is going to be a pariah," he said.

Before the election in which he won a landslide victory, Netanyahu declared in a series of interviews this week he would do everything in his power to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.

He also pledged to build thousands of homes for Jews in eastern Jerusalem to prevent future concessions to the PA, although Jerusalem Council Arieh King has noted that since Netanyahu came to power in 2009 he has been, de facto, dividing the capital.

The United States later brushed off the comments about a Palestinian state, with State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki saying that “there are many things said leading up to elections.”

The Arab League recently said it would propose a new resolution calling for bringing an end to “Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories”, after the PA unsuccessfully tried to pass a resolution calling on Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria by 2017.