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Netanyahu clarifies Palestinian state comments

Netanyahu responds to allegations by the US administration that he has changed his policy to reject the formation of a Palestinian state, during an interview with MSNBC this evening.

He clarifies his comments, made to NRG diplomatic correspondent Ariel Kahana that “a Palestinian state will not be established on my watch,” stressing that what changed is not his view of the matter (Netanyahu said he would be willing to accept the two-state solution in a speech made at Bar Ilan University in 2009) but “the reality.

“Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas], the Palestinian leader refuses to recognize the Jewish state, and has made a pact with Hamas that calls for the destruction of the Jewish state, and every territory that is vacated today in the Middle East is taken up by Islamist forces.”

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