An Israeli peace deal to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will not be enough to end tensions and achieve a two-state solution, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters in Jerusalem, Netanyahu reiterated that his government’s peace deal would only include a two state solution and it would not include a Palestinian state.
Netanyahu told reporters that Israel would not seek an agreement with Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement, in the peace process, which he said was a major stumbling block in the talks.
He said it was necessary to achieve a Palestinian majority in the Palestinian Authority (PA), a transitional government in the West Bank that would provide a roadmap for peace negotiations.
Hamas has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007 and has refused to recognize Israel.
Netanyahus decision to end all violence against Israelis and the lifting of the Israeli siege of Gaza is the latest step in a diplomatic process that began last month when the two sides agreed to extend a year-long ceasefire to December 16.
The agreement, which was signed at a ceremony in the presence of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, calls for a new round of peace talks.
The Palestinians want a final and comprehensive peace agreement with Israel, and they say that the U.N. Security Council has not passed a resolution endorsing such a deal.
The United States has said it will continue to support the two-states solution as long as Israel maintains the security barrier that it built on the West Coast of the West bank to keep out the Palestinians.
The U.K. also announced it would continue to back a two states solution.
Kerry has also said that Israel will not accept a Palestinian government that is in violation of international law and will continue the blockade.
On Wednesday, U.A.E. foreign minister, Ramzy Baroud, said that he expected the Palestinians to hold a nationwide election to decide on their future in the coming months.
Netayahu said that the PA would seek to have the election on the basis of its constitution, which has been adopted by the Palestinian people, but that it will not have a vote if it did not have the majority.