I STILL recall when I first used the word “apartheid” to describe the State of Israel’s policies towards Palestinians. It was more than a decade ago now during a reporting stint in Jerusalem and after an Israeli colleague had told me of the Hebrew word, hafrada, which refers to the concept of separation.
Netanyahu also referred to the ideological tie linking the two governments: „Both of us understand that radical Islam presents a true threat“ to Europe, Israel and Arab countries.
„Iran is the greatest threat and we are the front-line protecting Europe as well,“ Netanyahu said.
President Reuven Rivlin, who represents the liberal part of the Israeli right wing and has publicly criticized parts of the nation-state law, also understands this link.
„After my colleague in Haifa is pulled out of bed, arrested and summoned back for officiating at a non-Orthodox wedding and the passage of the nation-state law, I do not believe we can talk about a ‚gap‘ between Israel and the Diaspora,“ Wernick wrote in a letter to the Israeli government. „It is now a ‚canyon.'“
„These are the actions of Iran and Saudi Arabia,“ Wernick wrote, a rare choice of words for the leader of a movement which overall is considered very supportive of Israel.
The American Jewish Committee, a prominent mainstream Jewish advocacy group, said it was „deeply disappointed“ by the law.
(9.7.2018) He has some passionate fans there: A long list of anti-democratic movements and governments that consider Bibi’s Israel an optimal partner. The Israeli government has no problem with these entities, because they are essentially quite similar. The basis of the connection derives from overlapping interests and ideological closeness.
Immigration is a prominent example.
(10.7.2018) Benjamin Netanyahu has a message for you. ‚Jewish‘ is not what this state is. Our message, our mission has become something else. And it starts with an F.
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As the prime minister spoke, however, as a war-anxious nation and an attentive, approving White House hung on his every word, a little over 30 miles up the road, in Jerusalem, a mortal threat to Israel was being assembled under our very noses. In the Knesset, no less. A set of three time bombs, complex, deadly, radioactive.
Each of them a step toward annihilating Israel as we have come to know it. Each of them a step toward dictatorial rule, toward fascism. Each of them approved by – spurred by – Netanyahu himself.