NOW: The Vote Was Unanimous


( – In a unanimous decision Israel’s government has firmly set its course against the tide of international pressure advocating for the creation of a Palestinian state.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following a decisive cabinet meeting introduced a measure that positions Israel against the two-state solution, a proposal gaining traction among the US and United Nations members.

The Israeli cabinet’s unanimous vote on this measure sends a clear message: Israel is steadfast in its stance.

“Israel outright rejects international dictates regarding the permanent settlement with the Palestinians,” the government declared, emphasizing that any future agreements must stem from direct negotiations without external impositions.

The document further states, “Such an arrangement will be reached only through direct negotiations between the parties, without preconditions. Israel will continue to oppose the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state.”

Amid these bold declarations, the context of recent violence is notably addressed. “Such a recognition, following the massacre of Oct. 7, will give a huge reward to terrorism, a reward like no other, and will prevent any future peace settlement,” the statement reads.

Netanyahu’s remarks to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken further illuminate this stance. With the US pushing for a reformed Palestinian Authority and the official recognition of Palestine as a sovereign entity, Israel remains skeptical.

Contrasting perspectives from Palestinian leaders add another layer to this intricate issue. Khaled Mashal, a senior Palestinian figure, outright rejected the two-state
solution, aiming instead for a broader territorial claim and refusing to recognize Israel’s legitimacy. “I would like to say two things about the two-state solution: First, we have nothing to do with the two-state solution,” Mashal stated.

The narrative around a two-state solution is further complicated by regional dynamics. Countries like Saudi Arabia aligning with the US push for peace see the establishment of a Palestinian state as crucial for normalizing relations with Israel and countering regional threats. Yet Netanyahu’s government remains unyielded asserting that the future of Gaza and any potential demilitarization should be determined solely by Israel without foreign intervention.