GIL HOFFMAN, JPOST –
The Yesh Atid leader said the conflict with the Palestinians was not about borders, Jerusalem, security arrangements, settlements, or Palestinian terror, but about hatred, pain, mistrust and bad memories.Au contrar. Lapid wants time to heal the hatred etc. Bulshit. Its all about Jerusalem, borders, land ownership and security Ted Belman
Finance Minister Yair Lapid praised prospects for an interim agreement with the Palestinian Authority in an exclusive interview withÂ The Jerusalem PostÂ ahead of the newspaper’s annual diplomatic conference next month.
Lapid, who will be a featured speaker at the event, is part of a ministerial forum that regularly receives briefings on the progress of negotiations with the PA that are being conducted by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s envoy Yitzhak Molho. The leaks from the talks have been limited, but there have been reports that Israel is seeking an interim rather than a permanent deal.
The Yesh Atid leader said the conflict with the Palestinians was not about borders, Jerusalem, security arrangements, settlements, or Palestinian terror, but about hatred, pain, mistrust and bad memories.
“We need to find a solution that concludes the ability to go through these emotions,” Lapid said. “I don’t know if interim state is the name for it, but time is one of the ingredients we need if we want wounds to heal. Let’s leave it vague for now. I’m not going to jeopardize the process to be fancied by somebody or get invited to the right caucus. It’s too important to me.”
Lapid said if the current round of talks with the PA fails, Israel would need to start over again and again and never give up until a deal is reached. Past proposals for an interim agreement have involved Israel transferring barren land in Area C in the West Bank to the Palestinians without dismantling Jewish communities there, enabling the creation of a Palestinian state, and then negotiating its final border.
In an interview that will be published in Friday’sÂ Post, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon warned that if Netanyahu pursued an interim agreement even after the Likud rejected such a deal, he could be forced out of the party.
“[Netanyahu’s departure from the party] can happen if he decides to endorse Livni’s views,” Danon said. “A deal giving up most of Judea and Samaria — the current Likud leadership will not accept that.
We [who oppose such steps] are the majority in the party. Something so important [as giving up land] cannot be done via political tricks.”
Lapid upset another top figure in Likud when he rejected Negev and Galilee Development Minister Silvan Shalom’s plan for a five-day work week with Sundays off.
“That [plan] is one of those things everyone enjoys contemplating, but there are more immediate problems that have to be dealt with,” said Lapid, whose support would be necessary to implement such a shift.