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The Israeli Knesset has overwhelmingly backed a resolution put forward by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that rejects a “unilateral” creation of a Palestinian state.

Ninety-nine lawmakers out of 120 in the Knesset voted in favor of the resolution. According to Ynet, Israel’s Labor Party boycotted the vote, and 11 Arab lawmakers voted against it. The majority of the leading opposition parties, National Unity and Yesh Atid, voted in favor.

Netanyahu celebrated the strong support for his legislation. “I commend the Knesset members, including those from the opposition, who today voted overwhelmingly in favor of my proposal that Israel opposes being unilaterally dictated to establish a Palestinian state,” he said.

“I don’t recall many votes, in fact, hardly any, where the Knesset voted with a majority of 99, nearly 100 members out of 120, on any proposal,” Netanyahu added.

The resolution came in response to reports that say the US is working with some of its Arab partners on an outline for a future peace deal that would include a “firm timeline” toward a Palestinian state.

The Knesset vote happened after the Israeli cabinet unanimously approved a similar declaration that rejected “international diktats” on a Palestinian state.

Claire's Observations:  Ironically, it may well be the establishment of a functioning Palestinian State, which might well insure the future existence of the state of Israel.  Former enemies in the region, could  become economic allies, and relationships could flourish.  The need for massive armaments in the region, might well decrease. 

Had the State of Palestine been a confirmed reality at the time the Balfour Declaration came down, and was approved, this mess would never have happened.

It is tragic that in the 21st century two peoples are competing for Middle Eastern "real estate", that each considers as their  "Homeland". 

 But what if Israel, even with massive US aid, is unable to accomplish their goals militarily?!? What if countries currently not directly involved in this military clash currently between Israel/Hamas/Hezbollah, get involved, and Israel is forced to retreat to its 1967 boundaries, if it is allowed to continue to exist?!?  Were I an Israeli or US military planner, these are some of the questions which would keep me up at night.