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PA’s Shtayyeh says only a two-state solution can end Israeli ‘apartheid’

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh holds a briefing with foreign press at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, November 10, 2021. (Abbas Momani/AFP)
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh holds a briefing with foreign press at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, November 10, 2021. (Abbas Momani/AFP)

The Palestinian Authority’s prime minister warns that Israel’s refusal to accept a two-state solution will perpetuate a system of “apartheid” and eventually result in a one-state reality in which Israel loses its Jewish character.

At a press conference with foreign reporters, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh accuses Bennett of “three no’s”: No to meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, no to peace negotiations and no to a Palestinian state.

“If you have three no’s, what are your yes’s?” Shtayyeh asks.

Shtayyeh reiterates the Palestinians’ longstanding demands for a negotiated peace agreement that would create a Palestinian state in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. He calls on the United States and the international community to do more to revive the long-dormant peace process.

“If we lose the two-state solution we are slipping into a one-state reality,” Shtayyeh says, echoing remarks made by Abbas at the UN General Assembly in September. “Israel is an apartheid state today and Israel will continue to be tomorrow as well,” he adds. “If they think that we are losing tomorrow, they will be losing after tomorrow.”

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