After claiming that he won’t sit with the Joint Arab List in the next government, newly elected Labor Party Chairman Avi Gabbay stated that he will not evacuate the settlements in any potential peace agreement with the Palestinians.


Gabbay Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

After clarifying that he will not sit with the Joint Arab List Party in any possible future coalition, Labor Party Chairman Avi Gabbay stated that he “will not evacuate the settlements as part of a peace agreement.”

“If you make peace, why do you need to evacuate?” Gabbay stated. “If you make a peace treaty, you can find solutions that don’t involve evacuation.” When asked about the difference between his views and those of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the newly elected chairman replied that “there is a huge gap between those who at least want to try to get there and those who do not want to get there.”

Several days ago, Gabbay claimed that he will not agree to sit in any future coalition with the Joint Arab List: “We unequivocally will not sit with them. I don’t see anything that connects us or that would enable us to be in the same government.”

The former Bezeq CEO also referred to the future election and said that his party needs to receive approximately 27 seats in addition to Yesh Atid’s current 11 in order to create the coalition.