Likud MK Tzipi Hotobeli says she is not worried that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will cave in to US pressure regarding a Palestinian state. She herself will host a Knesset gathering next week at which alternatives to the "two-state solution" will be proposed. Participating will be defense officials, politicians and academics, including Minister without Portfolio Moshe Yaalon, IDF Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland, and others.

Hotobeli is one of two religious women in the Knesset. The other is Dr. Leah Ness, also of the Likud.

“I am confident,” Hotobeli told Arutz-7’s Hebrew newsmagazine on Sunday, “in light of Netanyahu’s promises that he made not only to the voters before the recent elections, but also to the Knesset Members, that the idea of two states is no longer relevant.”

MKs Danon and Ben-Ari

Similarly, Likud Danny Danon, speaking with Voice of Israel radio, said, “I am sure that Netanyahu will not break.  But in case he does, simple math indicates that given the positions of the Likud and other MKs, he will no longer have a coalition behind him.”

National Union MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari says the media is to blame for the fear that Netanyahu will succumb to U.S. pressure: “The press in Israel is acting as if it has received military call-up orders to get Bibi [Netanyahu] to cave in.  They are giving him advice, instead of covering his visit.  We’ve seen this scenario before, when the reporters brought about the expulsion from Gush Katif with promises of peace.”

Dozens of people demonstrated on Thursday night outside Netanyahu’s home in Jerusalem, calling on him to rebuff all pressure to accept the idea of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria. “Don’t give in; fulfill the people’s will!” called MK Uri Ariel (National Union).

Hotobeli: No More Oslo, No More Disengagement

“In light of the brainwashing of the past 15 years,” Hotobeli says, “according to which the only solution is a Palestinian state, the American Administration has got to hear a lot of talk and many discussions about the alternatives that we will propose. We have not proposed alternatives all this time… We declare that we refuse to go along with the approach that has brought us to the dangerous precipice that we face right now.”

She expressed confidence that in view of the events of the past few years, Netanyahu can and will make a convincing case against a Palestinian state when he meets with Obama and other US officials.  “We have clear proofs of two conceptions that failed – Camp David, Oslo and the Disengagement. The atmosphere in the Middle East has changed. Hamas has come to power. We see that it doesn’t work. The public in Israel has awoken and does not believe in this two-state solution. Netanyahu has made these points in his writings, in his speeches, and in talks with me; he has said that a Palestinian state would endanger Israel’s existence.

Hotobeli was a participant, for three years, on a popular weekly political TV talk show, representing the nationalist and right-wing camp.  She was asked by Netanyahu himself to present her candidacy for a Knesset seat on behalf of the Likud.