Skip to main content

Israel Slams 'Huge Reward' for Terrorism as Biden Admin, Arabs Advance Palestinian State Blueprint

Share This article

JERUSALEM, Israel – As fighting escalates in Gaza and along Israel's northern border, the U.S. and its Arab partners are working on a blueprint with a firm timeline for establishing a Palestinian state if a ceasefire takes effect. However, that blueprint is a non-starter for Israel.

After a call with President Joe Biden, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the idea of recognizing a Palestinian state. Posting on X, he summed up his opposition in two sentences:

"Israel categorically rejects international dictates regarding a permanent settlement with the Palestinians. Such an arrangement will be reached only through direct negotiations between the parties, without preconditions.”

He added, “Israel will continue to oppose the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Such recognition in the wake of the October 7 massacre would give a huge reward to unprecedented terrorism and prevent any future peace settlement.”

The U.S.-Arab plan would include many steps rejected by Israel in the past, including the evacuation of many communities in biblical Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), a Palestinian capital in eastern Jerusalem, and a combined government for the West Bank and Gaza.

On Friday in southern Israel, a terrorist attack at a bus station left two people dead and four others wounded before the shooter was stopped.

Israeli government spokesman Avi Hyman said it isn't the right time to speak about the day after the war.

"Now is not the time to be speaking about gifts to the Palestinian people, at a time when the Palestinian Authority themselves have yet to even condemn the October 7 massacre," Hyman insisted. “Now is the time for victory, total victory over Hamas. All discussions of the day after Hamas will be had the day after Hamas."

slider img 2

Meanwhile, Israel criticized a United Nations official who told Sky News that despite its "acts of terror," Hamas is not a terror organization – which is the position held by the U.N.

Martin Griffiths, U.N. Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs asserted, "I think it's very difficult. And as you said, I've worked with many, many, many different terrorist and insurgent groups. Hamas is not a terrorist group for us, of course, as you know, it's a political movement."

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Gilad Erdan responded sharply in an X post:  "You are no humanitarian. Sadly, you are a terror collaborator.”

Netanyahu and other senior Israeli officials met with C.I.A. Director William Burns in Tel Aviv to discuss talks for the release of the hostages. The prime minister earlier refused to send a delegation to Cairo for talks on Thursday until Hamas lessened its demands.

Families of the hostages chained themselves together at the entrance of the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, calling for the war cabinet to send a delegation to Cairo.

In Gaza, IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari explained Israel's mission in the Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, where bodies and hostages were believed to have been held.

"According to the information we have collected, I can now share, some of the terrorists who took part in the massacre of October 7th, they were found by our forces inside the Nasser Hospital complex," Hagari said. "If it weren’t for Hamas starting this war, taking our hostages and hiding in the hospital, we wouldn’t need to be in the hospital in the first place. Hamas started this war. Israel will end this war."

***Please sign up for CBN Newsletters and download the CBN News app to ensure you keep receiving the latest news about Israel's fight for survival.***

Share This article

About The Author

Julie Stahl

Julie Stahl is a correspondent for CBN News in the Middle East. A Hebrew speaker, she has been covering news in Israel fulltime for more than 20 years. Julie’s life as a journalist has been intertwined with CBN – first as a graduate student in Journalism; then as a journalist with Middle East Television (METV) when it was owned by CBN from 1989-91; and now with the Middle East Bureau of CBN News in Jerusalem since 2009. As a correspondent for CBN News, Julie has covered Israel’s wars with Gaza, rocket attacks on Israeli communities, stories on the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and