“They want to turn Israel into ‘Palestine,'” Netanyahu says after Muslim Israeli nation-state law protest


What are these Arab Israelis protesting? They are protesting the Nation State Law, which states the obvious: that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people. So what? Most people know this to be true. Has this law changed the fact that all Israeli citizens (regardless of religion, gender, sexual preference, etc.) receive full human rights? Of course not. Israel is the only country in the Middle East that can make this claim truthfully. Muslim and Arab citizens of Israel are entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, engineers, professors, and work in many other fields. Muslims are working in Israel’s vaunted hi-tech sector in much greater numbers as well. Israel is also spending a significant amount of money on education and infrastructure to improve the lives of its Muslim citizens. The Muslims living in Israel also represent 15 percent of the Knesset and have representation on Israel’s High Court.

So what are these Arab-Israelis protesting? It’s not about any racism, as these protestors claim. Israel is one of the most democratic and non-racist countries in the world. These mostly Muslim protestors are condemning Israel’s right to exist in any boundaries. As Prime Minister Netanyahu has indicated, the conflict in Israel is not over whether there should be a “Palestinian” state. The conflict in Israel is over the fact that there exists a Jewish state. That is the essence of the conflict: the right of Israel to remain as a Jewish state. Prime Minister Netanyahu rightfully indicated that “There is no greater testimony ‎that the nation-state law was necessary” after watching the Arab Israeli protests, and seeing the “Palestinian” terror flag being waved in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv. Prime Minister Netanyahu (as usual) is 100 percent correct.

Sadly, much of the Jewish leadership in the U.S has condemned Israel for the implementation of this law. This most recent betrayal of Israel by U.S. Jews is not surprising. These betrayals happen too often to be surprising. However, it does once again show that the U.S. Jewish leadership continues to dismiss the fact that Israel lives in the most dangerous neighborhood on the planet. The vast majority of U.S. Jews seems to have no conception of what it’s like to live next to Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad. Furthermore, U.S. Jews have no understanding of Islam, or any knowledge of the savage hate speech against Jews that is taught in the many mosques and schools in “Palestinian” society. This is just another example as to why the left-leaning political beliefs of most U.S. Jews are simply not compatible with Israel maintaining the security of its country and protecting its people.

“‘They want to turn Israel into Palestine,’ PM says after Arab nation-state law protest,” Israel Hayom, August 12, 2018:

A week after the Druze community and supporters of the Druze gathered in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv to protest the nation-state law, the same plaza outside city hall turned red, green, black and white on Saturday night as thousands of Israeli Arabs turned out to demonstrate against the law, waving Palestinian flags and chanting, “In spirit and blood we will redeem Palestine.”

The title of Saturday night’s protest was “The nation-state law will be overturned – yes to equality.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted footage of the ‎protest and wrote: “There is no greater testimony ‎that the nation-state law was necessary. We will ‎continue to fly the Israeli flag proudly and sing ‎‎[the national anthem] ‘Hatikva’ with great pride.”

Speaking ahead of the weekly meeting of the ‎coalition faction heads Sunday, Netanyahu said, ‎‎”Last night we were given clear proof of the ‎defiance against the very existence of the State of ‎Israel, which is why the nation-state law is ‎necessary. ‎

‎”We’ve seen how the Palestinian flag was flying in ‎the heart of Tel Aviv. We heard the calls to “redeem ‎Palestine in spirit and blood. Many protesters want ‎to repeal the Law of Return, do away with our flag ‎and our anthem – they want to do away with Israel as ‎the nation-state of the Jewish people and turn it ‎onto an Israeli-Palestinian state.”‎

This, Netanyahu stressed, “is exactly why we enacted ‎the nation-state law. The individual rights of ‎Israeli citizens are well-anchored in other Basic ‎Law and regular laws. Now it is clearer than ever ‎that we needed the nation-state law to ensure ‎Israel’s future as the nation-state of the Jewish ‎people. We enacted this law and we will preserve ‎it,” he said.‎…

Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev said that former Prime Minister Yithak Rabin “is surely ‎turning in his grave over the fact that the Left supports Arabs who flew Palestinian flags in ‎Rabin Square. I find that outrageous. I plan on asking Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit [to ‎weigh in on the matter] because we cannot agree to Palestinian flags flying in central Tel Aviv.”‎

Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis said, “If anyone still had any doubt about why the nation-state law was necessary, the images from the protest are clear proof that Israel needs the law.

“In the fact of the subversives who question that Israel is the national state of the Jewish people, with a blue and white flag and ‘Hatikva’ [as the national anthem], Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People is one of the most important laws enacted in Israel in the past few years,” Akunis said.

Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin, one of the authors of the law, echoed Akunis, saying, “As I said this week in the Knesset: When [MK] Ahmad Tibi and [MK] Hanin Zoabi oppose the nation-state law together with these protesters with their Palestinian flags and calls of ‘in spirit and in blood…,’ I understand why they’re doing it. They truly oppose Zionism and the fact that Israel is the state of the Jewish people and was established as such by the U.N. But [Yesh Atid leader] Yair Lapid and [Zionist Union MK] Tzipi Livni? Why do they oppose it?”

Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz added, “Ahmad Tibi and Ayman Odeh and their friends are protesting the Jewish nation and in favor of an Arab-Palestinian nation. It’s not the wording of the law that bothers them, it’s the existence of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.”

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