Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday the area of Wadi Ara should not remain part of Israel in a future peace agreement, a day after residents clashed with police while protesting US President Trump’s Jerusalem announcement.
Avigdor Lieberman Photo credit: Channel 2 News
A day after Israeli Arabs living in Wadi Ara clashed with police while protesting the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Israel’s Defense Minister on Sunday called to boycott the entire area.
“These people don’t belong in the State of Israel,” Lieberman said in a radio interview. “They are not part of us. We’ve seen terrorists come out of there and people taking part in terrorists’ funerals. You can’t go out and demonstrate with Palestinian flags while at the same time get billions of shekels from the state and destroy us from within.”
Lieberman then called on Israelis to “boycott Wadi Ara, not buy in their stores, not use their services. Let them feel unwelcome here.”
“Under a future deal, they should be part of Ramallah,” Lieberman added. “That is the only foreseeable solution.”
MK Ayman Odeh, the head of the Joint Arab List Knesset party, called Lieberman “the representative of fascist regimes in Netanyahu’s radical right-wing government,” saying the boycott calls reminded him of “the darkest regimes in human history.”