Israeli minister threatens to quit govt. over talks

Israel's Economy Minister Naftali Bennett threatened to pull his party out of the government coalition if it accepts to retreat to its 1967 borders.

Israeli minister threatens to quit govt. over talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been working to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority represented by President Mahmoud Abbas lately. However, while Israel has stuck to some parts of the agreements, including prisoner releases, the continuation of Jewish settlement building in the West Bank and constant raids on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound by settlers and Israeli forces have put the talks at risk.

One of the calls of the Palestinian side has been for Israel to retreat out of Palestinian lands back to their official 1967 borders, with Al-Quds (East Jerusalem) being set up as the Palestinian capital. However, Israel's Economy Minister Naftali Bennett was reported by Israel’s Haaretz on Tuesday to have threatened to pull his Habayit Hayehudi party out of the coalition should the Israeli government agree to these terms.

"(We) will not sit in a coalition that, because of international pressure, divides Jerusalem and puts our security at risk," he said, while speaking at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.

Saying that his party absolutely objected to retreating to the 1967 borders and dividing Jerusalem, Bennett claimed that since the talks started the Palestinians had been building up a new intifada against the Jewish state, while failing to note an increase of Israeli raids and settlement construction as being the cause of this unrest.

In an outburst against the international community, Bennett said "They tell us there is an occupation and that it's immoral as Jews. Let me tell you this - we are not occupiers in our land."

Bennett’s far-right Habayit Hayehudi Party holds 12 out of 120 seats in the Israeli Knesset government since entering the coalition which was formed in 2013.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Ocak 2014, 18:05