Amid reported efforts towards a reconciliation deal between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last Tuesday that a recognition of Israel as a Jewish state remains a precondition for any peace process.
“If someone truly wants reconciliation, our conditions are very simple; recognize Israel, dismantle Hamas’ military wing, cut ties with Iran,” Netanyahu added.
Prior to the meeting, Netanyahu toured the West Bank settlement and promised to increase construction. “We will build thousands of housing units here,” he said. “We will expand the industrial zone and do all that is necessary to enable growth and development.”
Originally posted on Jerusalem Online.