Trump and Netanyahu Will Establish Palestinian State After Election, Bennett Claims

Netanyahu fires back, says 'it's natural' that Hayamin Hehadash co-chairman is 'stressed and confused'

U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands after Trump's address at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, May 23, 2017.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump are going to start working toward establishing a Palestinian state immediately after the April 9 election, Education Minister Naftali Bennett said at the start of Sunday’s cabinet meeting. 

Bennett, who is co-chairman of the new Hayamin Hehadash party, said Trump and Netanyahu agreed to present a plan "to establish a Palestinian on 90 percent of the area, including the division of Jerusalem" a day or two after the election "so as not to make things difficult for Netanyahu."

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According to Bennett, Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid’s new alliance, Kahol Lavan, would enter the Knesset as a "national peace government," and "the only way to stop this is with a strong, true right wing."

Netanyahu was quick to respond. "It’s natural that he is stressed and he's a bit confused," the prime minister said of Bennett. "It’s obvious that small parties do all sorts of strange things during the election, including saying things that are unfounded," Netanyahu added.

After an early election was announced in Israel, U.S. Ambassador David Friedman said that Trump’s peace plan would not be published in the coming months. This statement received further confirmation this month when Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, said specifically that the peace plan would not be published until after the election. 

In November, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who is co-chairwoman of Hayamin Hehadash, said Trump’s peace plan was "a waste of time."