Netanyahu: Palestinians are not ready for peace with Israel
The prime minister slammed the opposition for saying that they were close to reaching a peace deal with the Palestinians at one point.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed claims by the opposition that they had at one time been close to a peace deal with the Palestinians, saying "Palestinians are not ready for peace with Israel."
Speaking to the Knesset on Tuesday, Opposition head Tzipi Livni said that Kadima had at one point been close to reaching a peace deal with the Palestinians.
The prime minister responded to Livni's comments, saying "According to Palestinian publications, they demand the dismantling of Har Homa, Ariel, and Ma'ale Adumim. I assume that you in Kadima are against this. If you are against this, I want to know, where was the agreement?"
Har Homa, Ariel and Ma'ale Adumim are all large West Bank settlements that would be difficult to dismantle if a peace deal was reached with the Palestinians. It has been suggested that instead of dismantling them, Israel would keep them in exchange for giving the Palestinians additional land.
Netanyahu referred to the opposition's position on refugees saying "I heard from the opposition chair a stance that I completely agree with: not one refugee. So they agreed to this? You were so close?"
If there wasn't an agreement made with the Palestinians, Netanyahu said, then why does Kadima "attack the government all the time when you know the truth: that you were far from reaching an agreement."