Israeli Right continue to try to halt peace negotiations
In an interview with Sovereignty, a new political journal published by the Women in Green movement, Likud MK and Deputy Prime Minister Ze'ev Elkin said the Israei Right are not interested in engaging in diplomatic means to solve the conflict, and suggests employing practical Zionists forms to rectify the situation.
"The Right has invested in practical Zionism: the wonderful settlement project in Judea and Samaria, the development of Jerusalem, etc., but has left statesmanship to the Left and this has been its mistake," he said, in an interview set to be published in full on Friday.
Renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority over terms of a Palestinian future state, which advocates the establishment of a strong Arab State in the hills of Judea and Samaria, induced Israeli Right to seek alternatives to a two-state solution.
At the "One State for One People" conference earlier this month, speakers called on to ignore diplomatic efforts and asked for the immediate annexation of Judea and Samaria, despite a large Arab presence in the are.
Amid renewed peace negotioations led by Israel's left-wing Two-State advocate, Tzipi Livni,urging to rapidly resume peace talks and making concessions deemed as unacceptable, the Israeli Right fear the implementation of the proposed solution, seeing it as a threat to the identity of Israel as a Jewish state, while arguing that an alternative for a two-state solution is irrelevant to the Zionist plan of a Greater Israel, prefering the status quo over Palestinian presence in Judea and Samaria.
"We can learn something from the Palestinians, which is the ‘salami method’, where they say ‘we will take whatever they are willing to give and then we will continue to demand all the rest’. We should at least annex those areas that everyone understands will be in our hands, and we should not wait for the messiah to come or for a final settlement". Elkin, a memeber of the Keneset for Likud, said in a recent interview with Sovereignty.