As His Government Continues To Make Palestine Look Like Swiss Cheese Bibi Tells Palestinians They Deserve Their Own State That Doesn’t Look Like Swiss Cheese

Netanyahu: I Back ‘Contiguous’ Palestinian State

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced support on Tuesday for the first time for Palestinians to establish a contiguous state, saying their future country should not look like “Swiss cheese”.

But only hours earlier, a ministerial committee in his right-wing government granted Israeli legal status to three previously unauthorized Jewish settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank, drawing Palestinian and international criticism.

Palestinians fear such outposts and the 130 formal settlements Israel has built in the territory it captured in a 1967 war will deny them a viable state.

Asked on CNN’s Erin Burnett Outfront program whether he would accept the Palestinians’ belief they should have a country that is contiguous, Netanyahu replied: “Yes.”

“Not as a Swiss cheese? No,Netanyahu added, addressing a key Palestinian concern, that the state they seek would be comprised of pockets of villages and towns surrounded by Israeli settlements.

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