Yisrael Gantz
Yisrael Gantz Miri Shimonovich

Yisrael Gantz, head of the Binyamin Regional Council, on Thursday responded to former Trump adviser Jason Greenblatt, who said earlier that the future Palestinian state would not threaten the State of Israel.

"Mr. Greenblatt, a Palestinian state between the Jordan and the sea is a disaster for Israel. We have a precious land we received from God. The Bible is full of that promise. I am sure that the US administration does not want to act against this principle,” Gantz said.

"In addition, the establishment of an Arab state between the Jordan and the Mediterranean is a huge threat and a risk to Israel's security," he added.

Greenblatt, the former US Special Representative for International Negotiations, said earlier on Thursday that while he "understood that Israeli society was very divided" on whether or not to annex Judea and Samaria, "they ought to first of all be very grateful to US President Donald Trump.

Speaking at the Shurat Hadin roundtable, Greenblatt added that "what the administration has done have been incredible for the State of Israel" and that "not to acknowledge that and instead go on the attack…is really not very appropriate."

He said that if a Palestinian state does come into being, "but they end up abrogating the agreements," Israel will have the ability to "go back in and do what they need to do to protect [themselves] without fear of…sanctions and condemnations on the part of [international bodies]."

Earlier on Thursday, US President Donald Trump's senior advisor Kellyanne Conway told journalists: "There are conversations being had in the White House on the matter of annexation. Obviously the President will have an announcement. He’s talked about this in the past and I’ll leave it to him to give you a big announcement."

Conway added, "All the calamity scenarios of the past are gone. Let’s just see, because he wants to be an agent for peace in the Middle East, and he’s trying to do that."

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