Israel Education Minister: Palestinian State in West Bank 'Dangerous Move'

Gideon Sa'ar says strengthening of radical Islam in region and PA's conduct should cause Israel to question establishment of Palestinian state.

Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar said Tuesday that the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank is a “dangerous move” which will not “bring peace.”

Sa’ar, who spoke during a trip to promote student trips to Shiloh, a Jewish historical site located in the West Bank, stated that the strengthening of radical Islamic elements in the region, as well as the conduct of the Palestinian Authority on the world stage should cause Israel to question the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Gideon Sa'ar - Tomer Appelbaum
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Sa’ar traveled to Shiloh in order to announce a list of sites Israeli school students will visit as part of a program to get to know “the historic roots of the State of Israel in the Land of Israel.”

Speaking at Shiloh, Sa’ar said the initiative was “the continuation of our line to provide the younger generation with access to our historic roots.”

“I am happy that already today groups of students are arriving here, but with god’s help more will come."

Speaking about the settlement at the site of the ancient city of Shiloh, Sa'ar added, "It is good to come to the settlement. It is good to see the settlement flourishing.”

“Jews will always be in Shiloh,” the education minister said. “We should not delude the Arabs that one day there will be no Jews here. Jews will always be here, and any other illusion will bring obstacles on the road to peace.”

Referring to why he sees the visits as important, Sa'ar said, “There is no reason to hide the roots that reveal the truth. Torah and history studies have to be carried out through activity, and through seeing, and not just in the classroom.”

In February, the Education Ministry announced plans for a new program, which began this academic year, for Israeli students to visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

The ministry called the program "experimental" at the time, but also said that Sa'ar "sees great significance in getting to know the historic roots of the State of Israel in the Land of Israel."

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