Ze'ev Elkin: 'Palestinian Authority has an interest in continuing to exist'

Min. Ze'ev Elkin says Palestinian Authority won't follow through on threats to disband, statements should be taken 'in proportion.'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Ze'ev Elkin
Ze'ev Elkin

Water Resources and Higher Education Minister Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) responded to the Palestinian Authority's (PA) threats that it would disband if Israel applied sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria.

In a Monday morning interview with Kan Bet, Elkin said that he does not believe the Palestinian Authority will follow through on its threats, since, "the Authority has an interest in continuing to exist, since its people live off its control system, which is despicable and corrupt."

"So the threats that repeat themselves each year need to be taken in proportion. The State of Israel will do what is best for itself."

Regarding the Blue and White party's opposition to sovereignty, Elkin said, "If Blue and White want to foil the application of sovereignty, that essentially destroys one of the main reasons we were willing to join a unity government."

He also rejected the complaints against Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's request that the Finance Committee approve a retroactive tax credit for the money he paid as tax on the vehicle he used.

"What was presented to the Committee were acceptable requests for any prime minister, and the Committee is always asked to approve those [requests]. It was the same with previous prime ministers, but there is a tendency to judge Netanyahu by a different yardstick."