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Gantz: No to 1967 borders, Jerusalem will remain united

April 8, 2019 11:04 A.M. (Updated: April 9, 2019 2:39 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israel’s Blue and White political party leader Benny Gantz clearly rejected a return to the pre-1967 borders and the division of Jerusalem City.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, Gantz said “We must maintain the Jordan Valley as a security border, we can’t withdraw to the ’67 lines, and Jerusalem must stay the undivided capital of Israel.”

Sources mentioned that Gantz questioned the viability of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as a peace partner, saying "It's very important that we have someone to talk to. Currently, that is not the situation.”

Gantz went on to blame Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for dividing the Israeli people, "Netanyahu did a lot for this country,” adding “but enough is enough."

Sources said that Gantz was asked whether he would rule out any parties in a future coalition, he responded, “I basically exclude no one, but they have to support the Zionist idea, be democratic and not be racist.”

However, when asked about a possible partnership with Arab parties in the next Knesset, Gantz said, “"I have nothing against the Arab citizens of Israel, they are equal citizens and the problem is that some of their leaders act differently."

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