Netanyahu: “The Palestinians Should Have All the Powers to Govern Themselves but None of the Powers to Harm Us” 

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu said, “Our position is that Jerusalem should remain united under Israel’s sovereignty with complete religious rights for those of all faiths….We will always keep the status quo at the Temple Mount and all of the holy sites.”
Netanyahu said, “[The Palestinians] want to govern themselves, which I don’t have any problem with.” He noted that in 2009 he backed the establishment of a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognized Israel as a Jewish state. The principles have remained the same. The Palestinians should have all the powers to govern themselves but none of the powers to harm us. Israel will retain the overriding security control, but other than that, the Palestinians will be able to govern themselves.”
Times of Israel reports that Netanyahu acknowledged that this amounted to less than full sovereignty for the Palestinian state, but noted, “U.S. troops remain in Europe 80 years later….I don’t want to annex the Palestinians and I don’t want them to live as subjects.”


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