NPR's Interview With Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat

March 20, 2015 9:43 AM

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SAEB EREKAT: In my opinion this man was never a two-stater. He is seeking to have the status quo of one state, two systems, and this will translate into violence and bloodshed. And that what we should avoid. We should protect Palestinians and Israelis by standing tall for the two-state solution. I hope and pray that Mr. Netanyahu will grow to the minute where he can say the truth to his people, that if he wants to have peace with his neighbors, "We need to recognize them. We need to delineate maps with them. We need to have a Palestinian state to live side by side with the State of Israel." He will never say that.

STEVE INSKEEP: Some Israelis may well interpret what you just said as a threat.

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