Israeli Prime Minister Proposes Establishment of Palestinian State at UN

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Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday called for a two-state solution to resolve the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and reiterated that Israel will “do whatever it takes” to stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb.

In years, an Israeli leader’s first mention of a two-state solution at the United Nations General Assembly reiterated his support in Israel for US President Joe Biden’s long-dormant proposal in August.

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“An agreement with the Palestinians on the basis of two states for two peoples is the right thing for Israel’s security, the Israeli economy and the future of our children,” Lapid said.

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He added that any agreement would depend on a peaceful Palestinian state that would not threaten Israel.

Lapid spoke less than six weeks before a November 1 election that could return power to former right-wing prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a long-time opponent of the two-state solution.

In 1967, in a Middle East war, Israel captured East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, where the Palestinians sought an independent state. US-backed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks failed in 2014.

In his speech, Lapid once again condemned Iran and expressed his determination to prevent Israel’s old enemy from obtaining nuclear weapons.

The only way to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is to put a compelling military threat on the table,” he said. “We have the capabilities and we are not afraid to use them.”

News by Henriette Chacar in Jerusalem, translated by Editora São Paulo

22.09.2022 17:46

source: Noticias

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