The Palestinian Authority reacted with outrage on Sunday to Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s idea that if a Palestinian state is established in Yehuda and Shomron, Jews who wish to remain in that state should be allowed to do so. While Netanyahu did not publicly make this statement, a source in the Prime Minister’s Office told reporters that Netanyahu believes there is no reason for the Palestinian state, if it is created, to be “mono-ethnic.”
The source explained that the idea is a continuation of Netanyahu’s statement in his speech at Davos, Switzerland, on Friday, in which he made clear that he does not intend to evict Jews from any communities in Judea and Samaria, reported Arutz Sheva.
Responding to the idea, the PA’s chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, told The Associated Press (AP), “Anyone who says he wants to keep settlers in the Palestinian state is actually saying that he doesn’t want a Palestinian state.”
“No settler will be allowed to stay in the Palestinian state, not even a single one, because settlements are illegal and the presence of the settlers on the occupied lands is illegal,” he declared, according to Arutz Sheva.