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Benjamin Netanyahu Says No to Ceding Territory to Palestinians

Israel’s prime minister said on March 8 his nation will not cede land to any other nations due to the current volatile climate in the Middle East.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who recently visited the U.S. to talk about America’s ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear energy program, is up for re-election in his country and was looking to appease some of his skeptics with his statements.

“Any evacuated territory would fall into the hands of Islamic extremism and terror organizations supported by Iran. Therefore, there will be no concessions and no withdrawals. It is simply irrelevant,” said a statement from Netanyahu’s office.

Netanyahu’s current statement contradicts one that he said in 2009, where he advocated for a Palestinian state to work alongside Israel. His most recent comments have worried some in the international community who were hoping for peace talks to begin once again between the two hostile territories.

Surrounding nations in the Middle East have advocated for the creation of a Palestinian state with territory that was captured by Israel in 1967. In an historic move in 1993, the Palestinians and Israelis both agreed to talks that would end the long conflict. Despite numerous meetings discussing peace negotiations, little has been achieved.

Later on March 8, Netanyahu’s office stated that the prime minister never took back his 2009 comments, with his office saying that Netanyahu “never said such a thing.” 

Sources: Fox News, Yahoo! News, CNN, Reuters

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