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In an unprecedented move, a significant majority of Israel's Knesset has firmly declared its opposition to the establishment of a Palestinian state west of the Jordan River.

This landmark event saw 63 Members of Knesset (MKs), representing a majority of the 120-member legislative body, signing a powerful letter that unequivocally opposes such a state. The signatories span across the political spectrum, including prominent opposition members, delivering a severe blow to Israel's shrinking left-wing factions and addressing global calls for the creation of a Palestinian state.

Unified Front Against Palestinian Statehood

On Thursday, the 63 MKs formally demanded Knesset Speaker MK Amir Ohana (Likud) to hold a declaratory debate and vote on the opposition to Palestinian statehood. This initiative was spearheaded by the leaders of the Knesset's Land of Israel Caucus: MKs Yuli Edelstein (Likud), Simcha Rothman (Religious Zionist Party), and Limor Son Harmelech (Otzma Yehudit). The letter garnered support from eight different parties, including the coalition's Likud, Shas, United Torah Judaism, Religious Zionist Party, and Otzma Yehudit, as well as the opposition's United Right, National Unity, and Yisrael Beytenu.

The fact a majority of the Knesset signed the letter is reason to believe that when the vote actually hits the legislative floor, it will pass barring a successful pressure campaign on centrist opposition parties by interest groups and foreign governments. The United States has kept in regular contact with Benny Gantz of National Unity showing they have no reservations about speaking with Israel's opposition parties.

Statement of Intent

The proposal to be voted on by the Knesset plenum is stark and uncompromising:

> "The Israeli Knesset categorically opposes founding a Palestinian state west of the Jordan River. Founding a Palestinian state in the heart of the Land of Israel will be an existential threat to the State of Israel and its citizens, perpetuate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and destabilize the region. It will only be a short matter of time until Hamas takes over the Palestinian state and turns it into a base of radical Islamic terror, acting in coordination with the Axis led by Iran, to wipe out the State of Israel."

A Strong Stance Against Terrorism

The initiators of the letter further articulated their stance, highlighting the grave consequences of promoting a Palestinian state:

> "Promoting the idea of a Palestinian state at this time will be a prize for terror and only encourage Hamas and its followers, who will view it as a victory stemming from the October 7, 2023 massacre, and a precursor for the takeover of the Middle East by Jihadist Islam."

Supporting Netanyahu's Mission

The letter's publication was strategically timed, just before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Congress. The caucus members expressed their solidarity with the Prime Minister, positioning themselves as an "impenetrable wall" against external pressures to support the establishment of a Palestinian state:

> "A moment before the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, travels to Congress, the members of the caucus wish to stand by him as an all-Israeli impenetrable wall, against dangerous attempts by those states who wish to give a backwind to terror, in the form of a Palestinian terror state in the heart of the Land of Israel."

Broad Political Support

The 63 signatories include notable opposition figures, such as United Right chairman MK Gideon Sa'ar and National Unity MKs Michael Biton and Pnina Tameno-Shete. This broad political backing underscores the unified stance of the Israeli legislature against the formation of a Palestinian state, highlighting a rare moment of cross-party consensus in the Knesset.

This resolute declaration by the Knesset not only reinforces Israel's national security interests but also sends a clear message to the international community about the country's unwavering stance against the establishment of a Palestinian state west of the Jordan River.

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