Bezalel Smotrich
Bezalel Smotrich Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

MK Bezalel Smotrich (Yamina) responded on Thursday night to former Trump adviser Jason Greenblatt, who said earlier that a future Palestinian state will not threaten the State of Israel.

“More and more signs indicate that we are not seeing a plan for applying sovereignty but rather a plan for establishing a Palestinian state. And yes, a Palestinian state is an existential threat to the State of Israel. But even before, it is a biblical, historical, moral and Zionist folly," Smotrich said.

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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