Ya'alon: We'll all run together till the end

Blue and White leader says party will keep previous Knesset slate for upcoming elections, calls Trump peace plan is 'realistic.'

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Moshe Ya'alon
Moshe Ya'alon
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Senior Blue and White candidate MK Moshe Ya'alon on Monday said the party will run with the same list it currently has.

"We will all run together until the end," he told Army Radio.

Ya'alon, who formerly served as a Defense Minister from the Likud party, also said he sees US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman's recent statement that Israel has a right to annex parts of Judea and Samaria in a positive light.

"Ambassador Friedman's words show that there is an administration in Washington which sees the Israel-Palestinian conflict in a much more realistic way than previous administrations," he said. "The direction [US] President Donald Trump's peace plan is taking is realistic."

"There's no chance of a permanent solution in sight, but believe in separation, which began in Oslo, of some parts of Judea and Samaria. I would not want Arabs to be second-class citizens, but that is where [MK] Bezalel Smotrich has led [Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu now."

In fact, Israel's Arab citizens have the same rights and privileges as Israel's other citizens.

Ya'alon also criticized Israel's Arab Knesset members, explaining why he does not want to work with them.

"The Arab politicians voted like the coalition in the vote for State Comptroller and in the vote to dissolve the Knesset," he said. "They have their own agenda. It's not for nothing that some Israeli Arabs are repulsed by them."