Nick Clegg: Benjamin Netanyahu's promise to rule out a two-state solution is alarming

March 20, 2015 12:52 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that Benjamin Netanyahu's promise not to agree to the creation of an independent Palestinian state is "alarming."

Speaking on his weekly radio show on LBC, Nick described the Israeli prime minister's election pledge as "extremely worrying".

Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party won Tuesday's election after he abandoned a commitment to an independent Palestinian state.

Nick said:

"It cannot be more alarming to have seen Benjamin Netanyahu in the latter stages of the election campaign in Israel do something that no leading Israeli politician has ever done, which is to rule out the prospect of a two-state solution.

"The whole push to peace for decades now has been premised on the basis that at some point Israeli nation and a Palestinian state can be crated to live in peaceful co-existence with each other, it is an astonishing thing and he should have departed from that long, long tradition."

Nick went on to say that he hoped that Neanyahu's comments had been "breathless rhetoric" but added that if the Israeli prime minister continued to rule out a two-state solution, the British parliament would have no option but to recognise a Palestinian state.

He said:

"If Benjamin Netanyahu now unilaterally has decided to rule out the prospect of a Palestinian state then I think it is inevitable that British parliament, as it voted a few months ago, should rule a Palestinian state in.

"In other words that we should then, in response, and it would be in response to extreme provocation from Netanyahu, act to recognise a Palestinian state."