Lapid Warns Annexations Would Bring Down Coalition

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

A flurry of legislation in the Knesset that proposed extending Israeli sovereignty over the Jewishly-populated parts of Yehudah and Shomron elicited sharp opposition from Finance Minister Yair Lapid on Tuesday.

Lapid warned that such action would mean the end of the government coalition.

“If there will be annexation, then there will be no government. There is no solution but the two-state solution. Unilateral withdrawal and annexation will only lead to a bi-national nation … and I will not have it,” Lapid told a conference of the Israeli Bar Association Conference in Eilat.

His comment followed the introduction by MKs from Likud and Jewish Home of 10 bills to extend control over 10 different areas of Yehudah and Shomron.

Lapid informed the lawyers’ gathering that in recent months, he has succeeded in stopping funding to Yehudah and Shomron communities.

Lapid also blamed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for the collapse of peace talks, saying that “If [Abbas], who is already 79-years-old, is incapable of signing a deal which he feels harms the Palestinian ethos, we need to see who we can negotiate with.”