by Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu points out the immorality of Abbas' demand that Judea and Samaria should be "cleansed" of its Jews
I'm sure many of you have heard the claim that Jewish communities in Judea
Samaria, the West Bank, are an obstacle to peace.
I've always been perplexed by this notion.
Because no one would seriously claim that the nearly two million Arabs
living inside Israel – that they're an obstacle to peace. That's because
they aren't. On the contrary.
Israel's diversity shows its openness and readiness for peace. Yet the
Palestinian leadership actually demands a Palestinian state with one
pre-condition: No Jews.
There's a phrase for that: It's called ethnic cleansing.
And this demand is outrageous.
It's even more outrageous that the world doesn't find this outrageous. Some
otherwise enlightened countries even promote this outrage.
Ask yourself this: Would you accept ethnic cleansing in your state? A
territory without Jews, without Hispanics, without blacks?
Since when is bigotry a foundation for peace?
At this moment, Jewish schoolchildren in Judea Samaria are playing in
sandboxes with their friends.
Does their presence make peace impossible?
I don’t think so.
I think what makes peace impossible is intolerance of others. Societies that
respect all people are the ones that pursue peace. Societies that demand
ethnic cleansing don't pursue peace.
I envision a Middle East where young Arabs and young Jews learn together,
work together, live together side by side in peace.
Our region needs more tolerance, not less.
So the next time you hear someone say Jews can't live somewhere, let alone
in their ancestral homeland, take a moment to think of the implications.
Ethnic cleansing for peace is absurd.
It's about time somebody said it.
I just did.
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