June 14, 2009
JERUSALEM JTA — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would agree to a demilitarized Palestinian state.
in a major foreign policy address Sunday at Bar-Ilan University, Netanyahu also said the Palestinians to have a state must recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
“It is impossible to agree on the principle of a Palestinian state without these” conditions, he said.
If Israel receives assurances that the two conditions are met, Netanyahu said, “we will be ready in the future” for a “demilitarized Palestinian state that exists alongside a Jewish state.” Such a demilitarized state, he said, could not import weapons, make pacts with enemies of Israel and would not be able to close its airspace to Israel.