Hawkish Israeli proposal dodges Palestinian state

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's vice prime minister and a number of lawmakers from the ruling Likud party have proposed alternatives to a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.

They say Israel should annex parts of the West Bank, while turning over Palestinian population centers to Jordanian jurisdiction. This idea is a nonstarter with Israel's Arab neighbor. The position also conflicts with President Barack Obama's support for a Palestinian state.

Participants in a conference at parliament to discuss the proposal on Tuesday said past peace plans calling on Israel to give up captured land to the Palestinians have failed.

Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon said the "Western way of thinking has proven irrelevant and dangerous to this region."

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