Skip to comments.Lapid Urges Caution in Negotiations, Calls PA 'Unreliable'
Posted on 01/15/2014 2:34:12 PM PST by Eleutheria5
Finance Minister Yair Lapid reiterated Wednesday night the Yesh Atid party's position regarding the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA).
"The left wants peace at any price and the right is not willing to pay any price for peace," Lapid stated, claiming that, in contrast, Yesh Atid forms the political "center."
"We do not deal at all with peace, unless it will be to 'say goodbye' [literally 'to separate in peace']," he added, a reference to his previously-stated opinion that the best outcome for Israel would be a "fair divorce" from the PA.
He said the goal is to reach an agreement that will allow Israel to separate itself from the Palestinian Arabs, "while maintaining Israel's strict security interests."
Lapid also stated that despite reports to the contrary, Yesh Atid does not support giving control of Israel's security in the Jordan Valley, or elsewhere, to PA control. "People ask me, 'can we trust the Palestinians?' And I tell them, 'Certainly not.' We can only trust in ourselves, and only in the IDF can we entrust the security of the State."
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Lapid, the secular left participant in the Netanyahu government is fearful of being drawn into the “peace process”, interesting but his statements are probably political.
He doesn’t want to get blamed for the fallout. It’s either disaster or stalemate for the piece process, as usual. He may be stupid, but not about politics.