We categorically reject the unilateral establishment of a Palestinian state

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Sunday that Tel Aviv would categorically reject international orders and unilaterally establish a Palestinian state.

At a press conference following Anatolia, Netanyahu said, “Israel categorically rejects international mandates regarding an agreement with the Palestinians.”

He stressed that despite international pressure, including from Washington and London, to recognize a Palestinian state before an agreement could be reached between the Palestinians and Israel, Tel Aviv “categorically rejects the establishment of a Palestinian state unilaterally”.

Netanyahu added: “If an agreement is reached, it will happen through negotiations between the two sides and without conditions.”

He added: “Such recognition after the October attacks would be an unprecedented reward for terrorism and would prevent a genuine peace agreement.”

Regarding the file of Israeli prisoners held in the Gaza Strip, Netanyahu said they would be freed “through military action and serious negotiations”.

He went on to say: I hope an agreement will be reached soon to release the prisoners.

In response to Brazilian President Lula da Silva's statements comparing the Israeli government to Hitler's regime, Netanyahu said: “The Brazilian president has demonized the Jewish state.”

Earlier on Sunday, Brazilian President Lula da Silva compared Israel's practices in the Gaza Strip to what Nazi leader Adolf Hitler did to the Jews.

“What's happening in Gaza is not a war, it's a genocide,” he told reporters in Addis Ababa, where he was attending an African Union summit.

“What is happening in Gaza with the Palestinian people has never happened at any other point in history,” the Brazilian president opined.

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He added, “In fact, it already happened when Hitler decided to kill the Jews.”

“Lies are being fabricated against Israel, and some have accused us of genocide, like South Africa,” Netanyahu said.

South Africa has filed a case against Israel at the International Court of Justice, accusing it of genocide in the Gaza Strip.

As a result, on January 26, the International Court of Justice ordered Israel to take steps to stop genocidal actions against Palestinians and improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza, but it did not order a ceasefire.

Since October 7, 2023, Israel has been waging a devastating war in the Gaza Strip, killing tens of thousands of civilians, most of them children and women, in addition to an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe and massive infrastructural destruction.

The Hebrew newspaper “Israel Hayom” reported on Sunday that the Israeli government “recognized by a majority vote the decision proposed by Netanyahu, which rejects international mandates regarding a permanent settlement with the Palestinians and recognizes the issue of the Palestinian state.”

The newspaper explained that the decision was taken against the backdrop of “increasing pressure from the international community” to establish a Palestinian state.

On Saturday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in Germany that Israel has a better chance of achieving peace with Palestine.

He added: “We understand and support Israel to find a way not to repeat what happened on October 7,” stressing that the establishment of a Palestinian state has become “more urgent than ever”.

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