Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on 8th March that Israel would not cede any territory to Palestine, which in effect rules out the establishment of a functional Palestinian state.
Netanyahu's comments come in the wake of national elections next week as he seeks to shore up hard line support. The establishment of a Palestinian state is a key goal of the international community, and Netanyahu's comments bode poorly for current efforts to revive the peace process.
"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that any evacuated territory would fall into the hands of Islamic extremism and terror organisations supported by Iran. Therefore, there will be no concessions and no withdrawals. It is simply irrelavant," read a statement from the Likud Party.
Palestinian official Saeb Erekat comments, "Today Mr Netanyahu has revealed his true face."
He added that Netanyahu is simply using the regional strife in the Middle East as an excuse. "Since 1993, he worked hard for the destruction of the option of peace and the option of a two-state solution."