Lapid at Saban Forum: Solving Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Must Be Our Only Priority

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Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid.
Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid.Credit: Ofer Vaknin

Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid, speaking at the Saban Forum in Washington D.C. Saturday, criticized the Israeli government for not having a strategy facing the Palestinians, saying that solving the conflict "is not the number one priority of Israel - it is the only priority."

Saying that Israel must move toward solving the conflict as soon as possible, Lapid said: "We have been waiting for 40 years for the right timing to have peace with the Palestinians. Enough is enough - we need to do it."

"The most important strategy we need to think about is how to separate from the Palestinians," Lapid said. "I am not talking about taking down walls with the Palestinians but building higher walls between us," he added. The Israeli politician said the separation must be discussed in the context of a regional summit with Israel's Sunni neighbors.

On Friday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon addressed the Forum and said that he opposed the one-state solution, stating that Israel did not want to govern the Palestinians. "We are happy they already have their political independence," he said, adding that Israel wants to strengthen Palestinian competence to govern themselves.

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