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PA blasts Israel leader's remarks on Palestinian state

June 13, 2013 6:00 A.M. (Updated: June 16, 2013 9:16 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Authority denounced Israel's deputy defense minister Thursday after he stated there would never be a Palestinian state and suggested Jordan as an alternative.

Foreign minister Riyad al-Malki said Danny Danon's remarks to Israel's Channel 1 TV exposed the "true face" of the occupation as well as the strategy followed by the Israeli government since 1967.

Al-Malki said he sent messages to the UN, the Arab League and the EU to inform them of the obstacles threatening the peace process in general, evidenced by the Israeli official's remarks. He said the remarks were aimed at undermining US Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to restart peace talks.

Danon told Channel 1 that said there would never be a Palestinian state and that Palestinians will be governed by Jordan.

"The Jewish people are not settlers in the West Bank but Israel will make the Palestinians settlers and Jordan will be the one taking control over Palestinians and that's it," Danon said.

Asked about Kerry's upcoming visit, the Knesset member said there would never be a Palestinian state, whether Kerry visited or not.

Israel will control the empty land in the West Bank and turn Palestinian population centers into Jewish settlements, Danon said.

He added that the Israeli government and the Knesset shared his opinions, even if they did not admit it publicly.

Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti responded to Danon's remarks by saying they showed that any return to peace talks with the current Israeli government would be "meaningless."

He called for a new strategy based on popular resistance and boycotting Israel. He also urged Palestinian leaders to seek assistance from the International Criminal Court.
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