Netanyahu: “No street in the State of Israel will be named after Yasser Arafat”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he will work to remove the sign of a street that was named after Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat without the Israeli Interior Ministry’s permission: “No street in the State of Israel will be named after Yasser Arafat.”
Netanyahu and Arafat Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced last night (Saturday) that he will help prevent a road in Israel from being named after former Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat. “No street in the State of Israel will be named after Yasser Arafat and we will work to remove the street sign,” Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page.

“I heard about the disabled IDF veterans’ fight against a road being named after Yasser Arafat in the Jatt Regional Council,” continued Netanyahu in the post. “I spoke about this with Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, who clarified that his ministry did not approve this.”

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The name of the road was discovered when a group of disabled IDF veterans saw it on Waze. The disabled IDF veterans then contacted Deri about the matter.

Head of the Jatt Regional Council Muhammad Tahar Wattad claimed earlier last week that he was not aware of the name of the street. However, he added that because Israeli prime ministers met with Arafat, the name of the street should not be an issue. “For us, he was an official leader of the Palestinian people who Israel recognized as a partner in the negotiations.”

“The Interior Ministry did not give permission to the Jatt Regional Council to call the street after Yasser Arafat and such a request was never submitted to the Interior Ministry,” the Israeli Interior Ministry said in a statement.

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