DORE GOLD, NETANYAHU'S POLITICAL ADVISOR: "THERE
WILL BE A JOINT ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN-JORDANIAN SOLUTION
IN JUDEA AND SAMARIA."
Source: FOFOGNET Digest, 5 June 1996 (via IIS)
by Semadar Peri, "Yediot
Ahronot", June 4, 1996, pp. 2-4.
Information Division, Israel Foreign Ministry - Jerusalem
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So the Palestinians can remain calm in the knowledge
that the Netanyahu government plans to negotiate a
permanent settlement with them?
Netanyahu's line during the election campaign was:
Who will do a better, more aggressive, job of negotiating
issues related to the permanent settlement -- the
previous government, or the incoming one? This also
entails an intention to conduct negotiations on the
What sort of settlement?
The position of the Prime Minister-elect is that the
Palestinians should be given maximum autonomy, with
Israel maintaining maximum security for itself. And
of course, the Likud position's specifies self-rule
for the Palestinians; this is the starting point.
Israel has a number of important interests in Judea
and Samaria, and these must be safeguarded.
Interests such as what?
There is a prepared list -- security, strategic security,
the IDF's presence in the Jordan Valley and at other
strategic sites in Judea and Samaria. And to the extent
that Arafat cannot -- or does not want to -- fulfill
his commitment in the area of security, or that he
fails to recognize this responsibility, Israel will
have to ensure its security on its own, maintaining
the freedom to act in defense of its citizens.
And there is the water issue. Israel depends upon
the underground water resources in Judea and Samaria.
A fourth issue is Jerusalem and its environs. Finally,
I would add what I call "demographic security"
-- that we do not find ourselves in a situation where
the Palestinian Authority floods Judea and Samaria
with refugees; after all, the demographic balance
in Judea and Samaria will also influence the situation
within the Green Line.
And how can we ensure that there is no such "flood"
This, after all, is one of the fundamental differences
between an independent Palestinian state and self-rule,
which is less than a state. An independent Palestinian
state can allow itself full control over immigration
And allow people to enter its territory?
Correct. One cannot rule out the possibility that
Lebanon may decide to deport Palestinian Arabs. Where
will they be transferred? If the Palestinians have
exclusive control over border crossings, as is the
case in all countries, this gives the option of letting
When you speak of demographic balance in the territories,
one can conceive of achieving this through settlement
expansion, or through the establishment of new settlements.
Is this the line which will be adopted by the Netanyahu
It is still too early to define the character of Jewish
settlement. At the same time, Netanyahu has spoken
before about the importance of the security areas
in Judea and Samaria, and settlement is also important
to Israeli security. And I want to add that late Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin, in his Oslo II address, said
that he did not concede the possibility of expanding
the settlements. He has spoken specifically about
the need to enable growth among the residents, and
of infrastructures within the settlements. And this
provides a certain foundation from which to begin
dealing with this.
The new cabinet will have to decide on its policy,
but even the previous government of the late Yitzhak
Rabin did not institute an absolute freeze on Jewish
life in Judea and Samaria.