As peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority kicked off today, one Israeli deputy minister told a room of supporters in New York that the failure of the talks is in the best interests of the Jewish state The Algemeiner has learned.
Speaking at a private Manhattan gathering of donors Deputy Defense Minister and Chair of the Likud Central Committee, Danny Danon, said that “the best thing Israel can hope for is that nothing happens here” according to an insider speaking on condition of anonymity.
Danon explained his opposition, saying that the “negotiations are biased.”
“Which one of you enters negotiations where there are already pre-conditions? Isn’t that the purpose of negotiations?” he asked, challenging the room of businessmen.
Danon also spoke about the chances of a peace deal being approved by Israel’s government. “It you look at the government today, if you ask all the ministers you will see there is no support for such an accord,” he said.
However if a peace deal was already somewhat of a status quo said Danon, the scenario would be quite different.
“If it will get to a point that the prime minister already agreed to that, and there is a ceremony in the White House, there is support of the EU and its a done deal, you will see the other ministers changing their mind, and it will pass,” he predicted.
Danon has long been a critic of Netanyahu and the Two State Solution, and recently also blasted the appointment of Martin Indyk as the U.S. point man in the current round of peace talks, implying that he would not serve as an ‘honest broker.’
A video of a short part of Danon’s remarks can be viewed below: