I’m sure he’s proud as peacock! Crowing like a rooster.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday night that he was “proud” he prevented the establishment of a Palestinian state and took credit for “putting the brakes” on the Oslo peace process, during a press conference at the defense ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv.
Speaking alongside Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and war cabinet minister Benny Gantz, the premier also reiterated his opposition to the Palestinian Authority taking control of Gaza after the war with Hamas ends, adding that “among friends it’s important not to foster illusions,” alluding to Washington’s desire for a “revamped” PA to take control of the coastal enclave.
Netanyahu described the Oslo Accords as “a fateful mistake” and said the results of the “little Palestinian state in Gaza” brought about by the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 demonstrated the danger of allowing Palestinian sovereignty in the West Bank.
“I’m proud that I prevented the establishment of a Palestinian state because today everybody understands what that Palestine state could have been, now that we’ve seen the little Palestinian state in Gaza. Everyone understands what would have happened if we had capitulated to international pressures and enabled a state like that in Judea and Samaria, surrounding Jerusalem and on the outskirts of Tel Aviv.”
Criticism of Netanyahu’s comments was swift in coming, with Yisrael Beytenu MK Oded Forer pointing out that Netanyahu had implemented interim agreements of the Oslo peace process in the 1990s; voted in favor of the disengagement from Gaza; carried out the deal to free kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, in which Hamas’s current leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar was released;
and came to an arrangement that allowed Qatari cash to flow to Hamas Gaza during his tenure as prime minister.
The issue has become a sore point between Jerusalem and Washington, with the US publicly calling for the PA to take over Gaza, once it undergoes a series of reforms.
But the prime minister described the plan as illusory and claimed wide backing for his vision of prolonged Israeli security control over a demilitarized Gaza.
And he’s going to convince Washington to come around to seeing things his way
“I don’t even rule out that we can reach an agreement with the United States on this,” he said.
Netanyahu also claimed that the hundreds of millions of dollars from Qatar his governments had allowed into Gaza had not gone to Hamas’s military forces but rather had been used to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in the territory.
Netanyahu is rewriting known history