Knesset votes 99-11 against any unilateral recognition of Pal state

Netanyahu congratulated the opposition MKs who supported the resolution.

(February 21, 2024 / JNS)

The Knesset plenum hall on the opening of the 22nd Knesset in Jerusalem, Oct. 3, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

The Knesset plenum on Wednesday voted 99-11 to back the government’s decision to reject any unilateral recognition of Palestinian statehood, amid reports the Biden administration is considering such a move.

All coalition lawmakers and most members of the opposition Yesh Atid, National Unity and Yisrael Beiteinu parties voted in favor of supporting Sunday’s Cabinet statement against “international diktats regarding a permanent settlement with the Palestinians.”

The Labor Party boycotted the vote and its members were not in attendance. The Arab parties voted against the measure.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the opposition for voting with his coalition on the proposal.

“I congratulate the MKs, including from the opposition, who voted with a huge majority in favor of my proposal that Israel oppose unilaterally dictating to us a Palestinian state,” he said.

This landmark vote underscores our collective resolve. We will not reward terrorism by unilateral recognition in response to the Oct. 7 massacre, nor will we accept imposed solutions. This strong stance sends a powerful message to the world: Peace and security for Israel will be achieved through negotiations, not through unilateral actions. Today, we stand united more than ever,” added Netanyahu.

Opposition leader and Yesh Atid Party head Yair Lapid took a combative tone after the vote, criticizing Netanyahu for pushing for the vote in the Knesset.

“My party and I are against unilateral measures and therefore we voted for it, but you invented a threat that doesn’t exist. There is not a single party that offers recognition of the Palestinians, you invented a spin so that they don’t talk about the fact that you are guilty regarding the conscription law and the budget.”

The text of the statement approved at Sunday’s Cabinet meeting and affirmed by the Knesset plenum on Wednesday:

1. Israel utterly rejects international diktats regarding a permanent settlement with the Palestinians. A settlement, if it is to be reached, will come about solely through direct negotiations between the parties, without preconditions.

2. Israel will continue to oppose unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Such recognition in the wake of the October 7th massacre would be a massive and unprecedented reward to terrorism and would prevent any future peace settlement.

On Monday, Netanyahu came out forcefully against the prospect of any unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state.

“In the last few days we are witnessing a new type of pressure: An attempt to unilaterally impose upon us the establishment of a Palestinian state that would endanger the existence of Israel,” continued the premier.

“We reject it outright,” he said.

“My position was and remains clear, and only got stronger after the terrible massacre of October 7,” added Netanyahu.

“In any situation, with or without a permanent settlement [with the Palestinians], Israel will maintain full security control over the entire area west of Jordan. This of course includes Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip,” he said.

Last week, The Washington Post reported that the Biden administration was preparing to make a major push for Palestinian statehood.

According to the report, the U.S. and its Arab partners are “rushing” to finalize a plan to establish a Palestinian state, which could be announced in the next few weeks if a deal to release the remaining 134 hostages held by Hamas terrorists in Gaza in exchange for a six-week pause in the war takes effect before the start of Ramadan next month.

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  1. This was a powerful statement of the Jewish people speaking thru the Members of Knesset. A masterstroke of Bibi’s statesmanship to deny the West any support for their plans to reward the arbiters of the October 7 slaughter with an enclave carved from the heartlands of the Jewish State. It was both a remarkable and necessary feat, demonstrating the degree to which the Israeli people are opposed to the efforts being made by the US to betray the Jewish people as the US persists with its policy of Integration, which is nothing more than US realignment with Iran against Israel. A truly awesome demonstration of Israeli unity which will send a clear statement to Washington that Never Again must mean NEVER AGAIN.

    Now let us address the matter of Lebanon with the same sense of purpose, to deny Hezbollah even one hectare of Israeli lands, not a clump, not even a thimble of Israeli holdings should be leveraged to Hezbollah. They have a choice, to make war or move north. If they choose war, let the price of that war must be their complete obliteration.