Gabbay backs 'two-state solution'

Labor party chairman says there's no other solution for Israel-PA conflict except for two states for two peoples.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Avi Gabbay
Avi Gabbay
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Labor party chairman Avi Gabbay on Wednesday expressed strong support for a two-state solution with the Palestinian Authority, after his recent comments on communities in Judea and Samaria drew controversy.

"I believe in a solution of two states for two peoples," Gabbay said at a conference in Jerusalem, according to the AFP news agency.

"I think it's the only solution. I don't know another solution. I believe we need to start negotiating," he added.

Gabbay last month caused a firestorm when he said he opposed evicting Judea and Samaria residents from their homes in the event of a future peace deal with the Palestinian Authority.

MKs from the Zionist Union distanced themselves from Gabbay's comments. He refused to retract them, insisting that his position is not an obstacle towards a future peace agreement.

Many analysts saw Gabbay's comments on Judea and Samaria as an attempt to appeal to right-wing voters in Israel.

Recently Gabbay also said that he would not sit in the same coalition as the Arab Joint List party.

"We will not sit with them, unequivocally. I do not see anything that connects us to them," Gabbay said at a cultural event in Be'er Sheva.