Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's comments to Bloomberg columnist Jeffrey Goldberg that he was considering taking unilateral action on the Palestinian front received support from the right-wing of his coalition on Friday, but was strongly criticized by the Palestinians.
"I'm all for it," wrote Economy Minister and Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett on his Facebook page. "We should impose Israeli law on the territories."
"We are pushing for the unilateral imposition of Israeli law on Gush Etzion, Ariel, the Jordan Valley Maaleh Adumim, Ofra, Alfei Menashe, the Ben Gurion belt, Shomron, Judea and Jewish settlement," Bennett wrote. "I will continue to push for that with all my strength until it happens. And it will happen."
However a very different note was sounded by PLO Executive Committee member and former negotiator Hanan Ashrawi, who said that any Israeli attempt to bypass negotiations with the Palestinians and unilaterally set borders for the West Bank “will only form the basis for a new conflict.”
“We don’t believe unilateral readjustment of borders or crossing points is a solution,” Ashrawi told Bloomberg in a telephone interview from Ramallah. “It will only create a reality that will backfire in the future.”
Regarding relations with the Palestinians, Bennett wrote that, "the Arabs have run amok. The era of negotiations has ended. They are acting unilaterally (United Nations treaties, incitement and more.) Now is our turn.
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"The time has come to initiate. To do what is right for Israel," Bennett concluded.