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Israel ‘must end rule in Palestine’

Published 20/04/2010

The Israeli Defence minister Ehud Barak yesterday warned that the world would soon no longer tolerate the Jewish state's continued rule over the Palestinian people.

His comments come as Israel's right-wing coalition government navigates its deepest rift in years with the US, its closest ally, over Jewish settlement building in Arab-dominated East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.

In an interview with Israel Radio, Mr Barak noted that Mr Netanyahu's government has “done things that didn't come naturally to it”, such as giving its support to a two-state solution and called for a “far-reaching Israeli diplomatic initiative” on peace. “There is no other way, whether you like it or not, than to let them (the Palestinians) rule themselves,” Mr Barak said.

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