Hizbol­lah ‘killed own man’

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS -

Is­rael’s mil­i­tary chief, Lt Gen Gadi Eisenkot, said on Tues­day that the as­sas­si­na­tion of Hizbol­lah com­man­der Mustafa Badred­dine last May was likely to have been an in­side job

YAIR LAPID, leader of the cen­trist party Yesh Atid — which, polls sug­gest, could equal Likud as the largest party in the next Knes­set — has moved sharply to the right.

Mr Lapid used to sup­port the es­tab­lish­ment of a Pales­tinian state, but has now jet­ti­soned all men­tions of a twostate so­lu­tion.

As re­cently as six months ago, Mr Lapid was still ad­vo­cat­ing for a “de­mil­i­tarised Pales­tinian state whose cap­i­tal is Ra­mal­lah” in speeches and in­ter­views. No Longer. Two weeks ago, at a Yesh Atid event in Ne­tanya, he said Is­rael would need a “15 to 20-year pe­riod” of grad­ual sep­a­ra­tion with the Pales­tini­ans be­fore se­cu­rity con­sid­er­a­tions could al­low fur­ther change. He also said: “I don’t be­lieve the Pales­tini­ans. Our chil­dren will be the ones to take con­fi­dence-build­ing steps.”

He has stopped us­ing the term “Pales­tinian state” and, when asked about the is­sue in in­ter­views, says Is­rael needs to sep­a­rate it­self from the Pales­tini­ans but only con­sider al­low­ing them a state in at least 15 years.

Mr Lapid’s tac­tics seem to be work­ing, at least for now. Over the last few months he has been trend­ing steadily up­wards in the polls, threat­en­ing Likud’s cur­rent top spot with be­tween 24 and 26 MKs.

PHOTO: AP

(above, his fu­neral)

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