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Published on August 22nd, 2015 | by Mitchell Plitnick


Danny Danon: Fierce Opponent of a Two-State Solution

by Mitchell Plitnick

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed the Likud Party’s Danny Danon, currently the Minister of Science, to the position of United Nations envoy. Danon, a man who Netanyahu fired only last year because of his “loose cannon” actions, seems an odd choice for a diplomatic position of any kind.

Danon seems particularly ill suited for the role of UN Envoy due to his outspoken and uncompromising opposition to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, something virtually the entire world supports. Danon is not afraid to make this clear either. Here are his own words in recent years. Read them and judge for yourself what message Netanyahu is sending by appointing Danon to this post.

“There is place only for one state on the land of Israel…. I do not believe in a two-state solution.” –Al Jazeera

“I will use my strength and influence to convince as many people as I can within the party and outside the party that a Palestinian state is bad news for Israel.” – The Forward

“Even if there will be a vote [at the UN on a Palestinian state], it will be a Facebook state. They will have a lot of likes in the Facebook, but it will not change the lives of the Israelis, the Jewish pioneers, who live in the hills of Judea and Samaria.” – The New Republic

“An independent Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria would pose a grave threat to Israel.” – Fox News

“There was never a government discussion, resolution or vote about the two-state solution…if you bring it to a vote, you will see the majority of Likud ministers, along with the Jewish Home [party], will be against it.” – Times of Israel

“Enough with the two-state-solution. Land-for-peace is over. We don’t want a Palestinian State. We need to apply Israeli sovereignty over all Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. It’s been about 20 years since the Oslo Accords. That’s finished and now we’re ready for new ideas…We are a nationalist government and not a government that will establish a Palestinian government on 1967 lines.” – Arutz 7

“If you go to the Arab-populated cities in Judea and Samaria, you will hear them speaking like they do in Jordan. It’s the same with the Arabs of Gaza and their connection to Egypt.” – Arutz 7

“Our goal should be to annex the maximum land with the minimum Arab population,” he said of the West Bank. “We should speak about our rights and not apologize for it. We have biblical rights, historical rights, rights according to international law. We also have common-sense rights: We won the war.” – JTA

On building in E Jerusalem: “The international community can say whatever they want, and we can do whatever we want.” –Times of Israel

Reprinted with permission from the Foundation for Middle East Peace blog. Photo by Jens Schott Knudsen via Flickr

About the Author


Mitchell Plitnick is vice president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. He is the former director of the US Office of B’Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, and was previously the director of education and policy for Jewish Voice for Peace. He is a widely published and respected policy analyst. Born in New York City, raised an Orthodox Jew and educated in Yeshiva, Mitchell grew up in an extremist environment that passionately supported the radical Israeli settler movement. His writing has appeared in the Jordan Times, Israel Insider, UN Observer, Middle East Report, Global Dialogue, San Francisco Chronicle, Die Blaetter Fuer Deutsche Und Internationale Politik, Outlook, and in a regular column for a time in Tikkun Magazine. He has been interviewed by various outlets including PBS News Hour, the O’Reilly Factor and CNBC Asia. Plitnick graduated with honors from UC Berkeley in Middle Eastern Studies and wrote his thesis on Israeli and Jewish historiography and earned his Masters Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park's School of Public Policy.

2 Responses to Danny Danon: Fierce Opponent of a Two-State Solution

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  1. avatar BEIJJING says:

    None are so blind as are those who cannot see. This is classic Netanyahu doing everything possible to achieve his objectives without his fingerprints on issues contrary to that of his only ‘ally’ and the nations of the rest of the world.

  2. avatar Monty Ahwazi says:

    Finally the clouds are disappearing and the true intentions are naked out there for everyone to see! The idea of “never 2 states” has been known by the entire world except US for about 2 decades! The 2 state solution is in direct conflict with the expansionist goal of expanding from Western Iraq, desert to be used as DMZ, to Jordan, parts of Syria and southern Lebanon and the entire Palestine minus Palestinian people!

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