Watch: Netanyahu condemns Palestinian demand for a state without Jews

Are Israel and the Palestinians on their way to a compromise or will the deadlock in the peace negotiations continue? Despite reports about an approaching meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Netanyahu posted a video in which he condemned the Palestinian’s request for a state without Jews.
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Over the past few days, the media has published that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have agreed to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal and will meet in Russia, a report that has yet to be confirmed by Israel. Today (Friday), the Israeli Prime Minister posted a video that should tone down the excitement towards a peace talk renewal, in which he blamed the entire world for ignoring the Palestinian’s request for a country without Jews.

“Many of you have heard the claim that Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, the West Bank, are an obstacle to peace,” Netanyahu said. “I have always been perplexed by this notion because no one would seriously claim that the nearly two million Arabs living inside Israel are an obstacle to peace. That is because they are not. On the contrary, Israel’s diversity shows its openness and readiness for peace. Yet, the Palestinian leadership actually demands a Palestinian state with one precondition: No Jews. There is a phrase for that: It is called ethnic cleansing.”

Netanyahu added: “This demand is outrageous. It is even more outrageous that the world does not find this outrageous. Some otherwise ‘enlightened’ countries even promote this outrage.” He then urged viewers to ask themselves if they would accept ethnic cleansing in their own countries by picturing a land without a plethora of different ethnicities and religions. He continued: “Since when is bigotry a foundation for peace? At this moment, Jewish school children in Judea and 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,” stated Netanyahu. “Societies that respect all people are the ones that pursue peace. Societies that demand ethnic cleansing don’t pursue peace.” The Israeli Prime Minister added that he envisions a place where Arabs and Jews can learn, work and live together in peace.

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