Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in full campaign mode ahead of April 9 polls, on Sunday said Israel “was not a state of all its citizens” in a reference to the country’s Arab population.
The prime minister, in response to TV presenter Rotem Sela, who wrote : “Will someone in this government let the Israeli public know that this is a country for all its citizens and that every person is born equal. And also, that the Arabs are human beings,” posted the following message:
“Dear Rotem Sela, I read what you wrote. First of all, an important correction: Israel is not a state for all its citizens. According to a basic law we passed, Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people – and the Jewish people only,” he wrote.
Netanyahu was referring to a law passed last year that declared Israel a national homeland for Jews and prioritized Jewish-only communities.
“As you wrote, there is no problem with the Arab citizens of Israel – they have equal rights and the Likud government has invested more in the Arab sector than any other government,” Netanyahu continued on Facebook. “We just want to sharpen the central question of these elections: Should Israel be led by a strong right-wing government headed by myself or by a left-wing government of Yair Lapid and Gantz with the support of the Arab parties? There is no other way for Lapid and Gantz to establish a government and such a government will undermine the security of the state and the citizens. The decision will be made in another month at the ballot box. Good Day.”
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