According to a report in yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald, Israeli Housing Minister, Yuri Ariel of the extreme right-wing Jewish Home Party, was quoted as saying with regards to the possibility of a settlement freeze during bilateral talks with Palestinians, ‘that he did not want to consider even a limited freeze’ adding: “It’s inappropriate for the Jewish people, for the land of Israel and for a sovereign state. We are in favour of building as much as possible.”
Although he didn’t actually say it, Ariel got as close as one can to saying that the West Bank is a part of Israel without saying so explicitly.
Israel Katz, Israel’s Transport Minister and Likud Party member, also got close to saying it as well: “It would be immoral, un-Jewish and inhuman to freeze the lives of people and their children,” he told an Israeli radio audience.
It also seems Netanyahu himself let go a Freudian slip. He was reported by Greg Sheridan in The Australian as saying that the goals of the talks are about “Preventing a bi-national state . . . that would endanger the future of the Jewish state, and preventing the establishment of another Iranian-sponsored terrorist state within our borders.”
Within our borders? Whose borders?