Saturday, June 12, 2010

What is an Israeli?

Is an Israeli a Jew? Or a citizen of the state of Israel? According to Netanyahu, Israel is a Jewish state. And he appears a bit perturbed that when Obama talks about a Jewish state he also mentions the rights of Israeli citizens. Because at the current time there are people living in Israel who are not Jewish - they are Muslim and Christian.

Haartez quotes Netanyahu as saying: "When we are talking about a solution of two states for two peoples, one of these peoples is the Jewish people. It is not some Israeli people, it is the Jewish people." Does that mean all non-Jews must leave? Because that smacks of ethnic-cleansing. Or will you simply be a second-class citizen if you're not Jewish?

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