What those Netanyahu speeches really mean…
Thankfully we have those nice folks over at Likud Party central to nicely document any clarification you might need to read Bibi’s lips at AIPAC and in the US Congress. From the Likud Manifesto (but according to commenter Emmanuel, this version is not the latest one):
Or try this (emph. is mine):
The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.
So now you know...
The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.
The Palestinians can run their lives freely in the framework of self-rule, but not as an independent and sovereign state. Thus, for example, in matters of foreign affairs, security, immigration and ecology, their activity shall be limited in accordance with imperatives of Israel's existence, security and national needs.
And now note also this bit:
Declaration of a StateSo it isn’t that Likud isn’t capable of updating its… dare I say Charter, it’s more that’s they’re not willing to update it in that particular way (accepting the creation of a Palestinian state). And with these the Palestinians are supposed to negotiate ‘without preconditions’?
A unilateral Palestinian declaration of the establishment of a Palestinian state will constitute a fundamental and substantive violation of the agreements with the State of Israel and the scuttling of the Oslo and Wye accords. The government will adopt immediate stringent measures in the event of such a declaration.