Peace will never come so long as the Arabs don’t recognize Israel’s right to exist, says Defense Minister.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Saturday that Israel had no partner for peace in the Palestinian Authority (PA).
Speaking at the Israel Business Conference in Tel Aviv, Ya’alon said that there will be not a peace partner so long as the PA continues to educate its children to hate Israel.
"As someone who supported the Oslo Accords, I have learned to understand that there is no partner for two states for two peoples on the other side,” he said.
“There isn’t, nor has there been since the dawn of Zionism, a leadership on the other side that is willing to recognize our right to exist as the national homeland of the Jewish people, and to recognize that a peace agreement would bring an end to the conflict and an end to the demands,” added the Defense Minister. “We will not talk about inches, about giving up one millimeter of land, if we do not realize we have a partner who speaks of recognition, of ending the conflict and relinquishing the right of return.”
According to Ya’alon, “There is a problem that is unsolvable, but all is not lost. It is possible to promote essential elements such as the economy, governance, law and order.
When will I be convinced that we have a partner? Once they cease to teach their children to wear explosive belts and blow themselves up on Israelis, and once Israel will appear in their textbooks, and Tel Aviv, which is for them a ‘settlement’, appears on their maps.”