'It's about Jewish rights, not a Palestinian state'

Efrat Mayor says AIPAC CEO misidentifies cause of conflict when endorsing creation of Palestinian state.

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Oded Revivi
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Efrat Mayor and YESHA Council foreign envoy spoke to Arutz Sheva about the statement by AIPAC CEO Howard Kohr endorsing the creation of a Palestinian state.

"We have to remember that at the end of the day there is absolutely no alternative to AIPAC," Revivi said. "AIPAC has proven that it doesn't matter who lives in the White House, who lives on Balfour street. They are always standing there to support and help the State of Israel. They have proven it in the past, and I have no doubt that they will prove it in the future.

He said that "different Jews have different opinions. We are allowed to disagree."

Revivi said that advocates of the two-state solution were misguided about the cause of the Arab-Israeli conflict. "People who suggest, as a solution, having two states, fail to remember that in the past there were two states. There was maybe not even one state and there was no peace in the region. It's not about drawing the line as to where there will be the Palestinians and where there will be the Jews. It's about recognizing the right of the Jewish people to live in the State of Israel, and once that is off the table I am sure that we can [achieve] peace with everybody around."

He said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump have held an "unprecedented" number of meetings since Trump's election. "The United States is standing behind us and helping us out, and I think it is no coincidence that the embassy is going to move to Israel within the next few months."