Dichter warns against '3-state solution'

Feb. 18, 2009 Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST 
Public Security Minister Avi Dichter told US Jewish leaders on Wednesday that 
after Operation Cast Lead against Hamas terrorists in Gaza, Israel was heading 
for a three-state solution. 

"If last year, just after the military coup of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the 
consensus was that the solution to the conflict is two states for two peoples, 
we are now talking about a three state solution for two peoples: one in 
Ramallah with [Palestinian Authority President] Mahmoud Abbas, and another in 
Gaza led by [Hamas Prime Minister] Ismail Haniyeh and Hamas," he told the 
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. 

Dichter went on to warn that this would be "the most dangerous thing," and said 
Israel needed to be "smart, brave and determined" to avoid such an eventuality. 

He spoke also of threats in the wider Middle East region, saying that Iran, by 
"sponsoring and training both Hamas and Hizbullah," had brought about a new 
reality in the last twenty years. He reiterated previous evaluations that the 
Iranian nuclear issue was "not a question of if. but when," and urged 
"superpowers such as the US and countries in the EU" to face the threat. 

Dichter concluded his address by saying that Israel must be "determined not to 
accept a situation where an enemy equipped with arms will be built in Gaza." 

"This will not be done in a month or a year," he said, "but we are a people of 
3,300 years, and 60 years in Israel. Even if it takes years, there is no way to 
accept a military entity between Israel and Egypt." 

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