Pales­tinian lead­ers are rid­ing the tiger, says Lapid

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY OR­LANDO RADICE

YAIR LAPID, the leader of cen­trist Is­raeli op­po­si­tion party Yesh Atid, has said in a brief­ing to jour­nal­ists in Lon­don that the cur­rent vi­o­lence puts the fu­ture of co-ex­is­tence with the Pales­tini­ans in doubt.

Mr Lapid, who was in the UK this week on a pub­lic diplo­macy mis­sion, said: “If this is a so­ci­ety that is go­ing in a Daesh di­rec­tion, then we don’t want to live with them.

“Many Is­raelis are think­ing: we need a real sep­a­ra­tion, we don’t want to see them any more.”

Mr Lapid stressed that while the ul­ti­mate goal should be a ne­go­ti­ated twostate so­lu­tion, “we do need the se­cu­rity ar­range­ments to en­sure that there will beno[Gaza]dis­en­gage­ment­num­ber two — this is to be dis­cussed”.

Asked whether the cur­rent vi­o­lence un­der­mines the idea of a uni­fied Jerusalem, he said: “It’s our cap­i­tal. Peo­ple are say­ing maybe you should re­con­sider whether it’s your cap­i­tal, or maybe half of your cap­i­tal. I don’t think coun­tries do that.

“A few weeks of stab­bings will not change this pol­icy.”

MrLap­i­dalso hit out at Pales-

Yair Lapid tinian Author­ity Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas for in­cit­ing ter­ror­ism. “He is rid­ing the tiger. He spoke about Jews in racist lan­guage. He has mis­er­ably failed his own peo­ple and is us­ing them to score po­lit­i­cal points.”

The MK ad­mit­ted that more could be done to im­prove mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices in east Jerusalem, but re­fused to count Pales­tinian liv­ing con­di­tions as a causal fac­tor in the vi­o­lence.

“Th­ese are at­tacks by young, sel­f­rad­i­calised peo­ple. They are re­li­giously ori­en­tated and in­flu­enced by so­cial me­dia,” he said.

He also at­tacked the Western me­dia for its re­port­ing of the ter­ror­ism. “Jour­nal­ists are writ­ing about new phe­nom­ena us­ing old tools.”

The politi­cian em­pha­sised that for­eign re­porters need to un­der­stand the fear that has gripped Is­raelis.

“I have three chil­dren in Is­rael. They are fright­ened, afraid to go out on the streets. No­body knows where this is go­ing or how long it will last.” While in Lon­don, Mr Lapid met For­eignSec­re­taryPhilipHam­mond, and asked him to help Is­rael de­feat the Unesco vote on a res­o­lu­tion that des­ig­nated the Western Wall part of Al Aqsa mosque. In the event, the Al Aqsa pro­posal was dropped from the res­o­lu­tion.


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