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Two-state solution is dead, Naftali Bennett says

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June 17, 2013 | 6:24 am

Naftali Bennett smiles during a Jewish Home party meeting, at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem on March 4. Photo by REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Naftali Bennett smiles during a Jewish Home party meeting, at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem on March 4. Photo by REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

The two-state solution is dead, Israeli government minister Naftali Bennett, head of the coalition partner Jewish Home Party, told a settlers’ group.

“Never has so much time been invested in something so pointless,” Bennett told a meeting Monday of the Yesha Council in Jerusalem. “We need to build, build, build.”

“(T)he challenge now is how do we move forward from here, knowing that a Palestinian state within Israel is not possible, Bennett reportedly also said, adding: “We have to move from solving the problem to living with the problem.”

Following Bennett’s remarks, Peace Now called on government minister Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, to leave the government over past statements that his party would not be part of a government that is not willing to negotiation peace with the Palestinians.

Bennett’s remarks come a week after Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon said that Israel’s government will oppose a two-state solution and prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, remarks that were roundly condemned.

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