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Israeli finance minister rejects the creation of Palestinian state

The Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich responded to the reported American-Arab plan for peace and the formation of a Palestinian state, saying he will "demand today at the security cabinet meeting that a clear decision will be made, opposing the formation of a Palestinian state and the sanctioning of over half a million settlers".

"The message [that accepting the plan will send out] is that it's very worthwhile to massacre Israeli citizens. A Palestinian state is an existential threat for Israel, as proven on October 7," Smotrich added.

The finance minister said he is expecting his objection to the proposed plan to be supported by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, Gadi Eisenkot and all the ministers present.