Israeli parliament (Knesset) speaker Yuli Edelstein said that the term “two state solution” is outdated and won’t work in today’s political reality.
“There are no shortcuts in the Middle East. We have to fight terrorism of all kinds in both the north and in the south while working on coexistence and cooperation. Having said that, I don’t think that anyone has the right scissors to cut the map and get a perfect situation. We have to start thinking out of the box. All those statements about two states for two people and that the only solution is a two state solution, they just don’t work,” Edelstein said in an interview with i24NEWS on Monday.
Edelstein went on to address the situation on occupied territories’ northern border, echoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s message to Iran: “I think the position of the government and definitely of the prime minister is very clear; we won’t tolerate any Iranian presence in Syria,” the Knesset speaker said.
“In the south, as far as the Gaza Strip is concerned, the parameters are very clear: We are fighting Hamas and we are doing everything possible to secure Israelis in the south. At the same time, I don’t think we are facing two million terrorists in Gaza. We are facing civilian population and we have to make sure that at least they will be able to keep their head above water,” Edelstein added.