Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on “The Kelly File” Thursday night to address charges from the Obama administration that he disrupted the fledgling peace process with Palestinians by remarks he made on the eve of his re-election.
Earlier this week, White House spokesman Josh Earnest suggested the Obama administration might re-evaluate its position regarding United Nations resolutions toward Israel and a Palestinian state:
“Steps that the United States has taken at the United Nations have been predicated on this idea that the two-state solution is the best outcome. Now our ally in these talks has said they’re no longer committed to that solution. That means that we need to reevaluate our position on this matter and that is what we’ll do moving forward."
Netanyahu responded to this directly to Kelly:
“I hope that's not true, and I think that President Obama has said time and time again, as I've said, that the only path to a peace agreement is an agreement, a negotiated agreement. You can't impose it.”
With regard to his pre-election comments on the prospects of a negotiated peace with the Palestinian Authority, Haaretz reports that Netanyahu insisted he did not contradict his previous support of a two-state system:
"I didn’t retract any of the things I said in my speech six years ago, calling for a solution in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes a Jewish state," Netanyahu said. "I said that the conditions for that, today, are not achievable for a simple reason: [Mahmoud Abbas], the leader of the Palestinians, rejects consistently the acceptance of a Jewish state.
He’s made a pact with the Palestinian terrorist organization, Hamas, that calls for our destruction. And the conditions in the Middle East have changed to the point where any territory we withdraw from is immediately taken up by Iranian-backed terrorists or by ISIS."
Watch the full interview below: