"We had no state for 2,000 years. Why are we now jeopardizing its Jewish, democratic essence?"

Talia Sasson
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Talia Sasson, the former senior state legal official who prepared a landmark report for prime minister Ariel Sharon on unauthorized building in the West Bank, and member of New Israel Fund's International Council, was interviewed last week by Times of Israel editor David Horovitz.

In an interview with The Times of Israel, Talia Sasson, who wrote the 2005 legal overview on West Bank outposts for Sharon, described Netanyahu’s stated vision of a Palestinian state as “meaningless” and “empty words.”

“If you have a vision of Palestinian statehood,” she said, “you don’t take control of the territory in this way.” She drew particular attention to the government’s readiness to establish a new settlement in place of Migron — “a regression” that would constitute the first officially authorized settlement since the start of the 1990s. In terms of overall settlement building policy, she said, “Everything bad that could be happening is happening.”

You can also read the interview in full.