However, many members of the Knesset’s Likud party do not share his enthusiasm. Said Water and Energy Minister Silvan Shalom at a Tel Aviv conferene, “We are now marking 20 years since the Oslo agreement which was a total failure that only caused deaths and injuries. The thought that it will be possible to reach an agreement with the Palestinians within nine months is no more than a delusion. I do not believe this government can offer any more than what [former Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert offered, and I hope it will not lead to an explosion.”
Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin concurred, “It is time to ask if there is there a reason to celebrate. Since the establishment of the State of Israel, 2,500 people were killed in terror attacks, 1,500 of which were killed after the Oslo Accords. The numbers speak for themselves. We now realize that Oslo began the very era of tears and blood that Rabin wanted to bring to an end as he stood on the White House lawn. It’s enough to visit families in Be’er Sheva, Ashkelon and Ashdod and ask them if they believed that within 20 years they will become the target of the threat of tens of thousands of missiles? They would’ve told me back then I’m not normal.”
“Today we say we will not surrender the security of Israel. Agreements do not always bring peace or security, sometimes they just bring more blood. Today it is already well-known that the reason for the conflict is not the settlements, despite what they tell us. There was a conflict long before there were settlements. Then and now, their goal has always been to get rid of us.”
“They ask to free murderers to promote peace, pay high salaries to terrorist prisoners, these are just some examples that prove that there is no change in their position,” said Elkin, “The Palestinians will enjoy all the rights except for one right: the right to destroy the State of Israel. Autonomy – yes. A state – no.”
“Netanyahu went on to say that we should not be alarmed that the international community does not see eye to eye with us regarding the Palestinians,” Elkin continued, “And he concluded by saying what is so true even today: Yes to a Palestinian state means no to a Jewish state and yes to a Jewish state means no to a Palestinian state.”
It appears that Secretary Kerry has his work cut out for him.