Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Wednesday 13 March 2019

David Singer: Netanyahu Reaffirms that Israel is the Jewish State

Here's the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer.

He writes:

It is amazing that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still needs to reaffirm to Israelis that Israel is the Jewish State.

Yet Netanyahu was required to do just that afterfashion model, actress and TV presenter Rotem Sela instagrammed: 
“When in hell will anyone in this government tell the public that Israel is a state of all its citizens, and all human beings were born equal.  And the Arabs, God forbid, are human beings. As are the Druze. And the homosexuals too, by the way, and the lesbians and also ... what a shock ... the leftists.”
Netanyahu’s response was swift:  
“Dear Rotem, important correction: Israel is not a state of all its citizens. According to the Basic Law we have passed, Israel is the nation-state of theJewish people – and only them.As you wrote, there is no problem with the Arab citizens of Israel –they enjoy equal rights like all of us, and the Likud government invested more in the Arab sector than any other government.”
Netanyahu elaborated on his statement at last Sunday’s cabinet meeting: 
“I would like to clarify a point that, apparently, is not clear to slightly confused people in the Israeli public. Israel is a Jewish, democratic state. This means is that it is the national state of the Jewish people alone. Of course it respects the individual rights of all its citizens – Jews and non-Jews alike, but it isthe national state, not of all its citizens, but only of the Jewish people. Other peoples, other nationalities and other minorities – have national representation in other states. The national representation of the Jewish people is in the State of Israel. Israel is the national state of the Jewish people and of it alone.”
David Ben-Gurion and Yitzchak Rabin expressed much the same sentiments d cades ago.

Ben-Gurion presciently defined the term “Jewish State”during his evidence before the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine on 7 July 1947:
“What is the meaning of a Jewish State? As I told you before, a Jewish State does not mean one has to be a Jew. It means merely a State-where the Jews are in the majority, otherwise all the citizens have the same status. If the State were called by the name “Palestine,” – I said if – then all would be Palestinian citizens If the State would be given, another name – I think it would be given another name – because Palestine is neither a Jewish nor an Arab name.
As far as the Arabs are concerned, and we have the evidence of the Arab historian, Hitti, that there was no such a thing as “Palestine” at all: Palestine is not an Arab name.    
Palestine is also not a Jewish name. When the Greeks were our enemies, in order not to annoy the Jews, they gave different names to the streets. So, maybe the name of Palestine will be changed. But whatever the name of the country, every citizen of the country will be a citizen. This is what we mean. This is what we have to mean. We cannot conceive that in a State where we are not in a minority, where we have the main responsibilities as the majority of the country, there should be the slightest discrimination between a Jew and a non-Jew.”
Rabin stated in 1992:
"I don’t want to make Israel a binational state. I would like to keep Israel a Jewish democratic state. By that, I mean at least 80 per cent of its population Jewish"
 Peace will only come when the PLO,Hamas and the UN General Assembly recognizethat Israel is the Jewish State.

1 comment:

  1. [Winston] Churchill wrote, on 3 June 1950 CE:

    “The thought, the inspiration and the culture
    of the Jews has been one of the vital dominants
    in the world history.

    There are none of the arts or sciences which
    have not been enriched by Jewish achievements.”

    SOURCE: Churchill and the Jews
    (chapter 26, pages 280 to 281)
    by Martin Gilbert, year 2007 CE

    Winston Churchill was British Prime Minister
    from 1940 to 1945 CE and from 1951 to 1955 CE.


    [Winston] Churchill spoke [in year 1954 CE]
    of the Jewish Nobel Prizewinners,
    whose contribution to humanity in many
    fields had been “unique and absolute.”

    There were nations of hundreds of millions of people
    who had been unable to produce a single Nobel
    Prizewinner, “and are the beneficiaries every day
    from the genius and discoveries of the Jews.”

    SOURCE: Churchill and the Jews
    (chapter 26, page 290) by Martin Gilbert, year 2007 CE

    Winston Churchill was British Prime Minister
    from 1940 to 1945 CE and from 1951 to 1955 CE.

    Winston Churchill said [in year 1955 CE]:

    “You ought to let the Jews have Jerusalem;
    it is they who made it famous.”

    SOURCE: Churchill and the Jews
    (chapter 26, page 292) by Martin Gilbert, year 2007 CE

    Winston Churchill was British Prime Minister
    from 1940 to 1945 CE and from 1951 to 1955 CE.

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