Sunday, December 14, 2008

Israel: Livni's "your national aspirations lie elsewhere" comment sparks outrage from Israeli-Arabs

Saleh Al-Naemi writing for the PalestineChronicle, reports Israeli-Arabs are reacting with outrage with Foreign Minister and frontrunner for premiership Tzipi Livni's call for Arab citizens to leave Israel and move into the new Palestinian state.

"Israeli-Arabs will not leave their land," Arab member of Knesset Abbas Zakour told on Friday, December 12.

"We are the owners of this land. We have been born here and will be buried in this land."

Livni, the leader of the centrist Kadima party who hopes to become prime minister after the February 10 polls, said Thursday that Israeli-Arabs should move to the new Palestinian state when it is created.

"My solution for maintaining a Jewish and democratic state of Israel is to have two distinct national entities," she told a group of secondary school students in Tel Aviv.

"And among other things I will also be able to approach the Palestinian residents of Israel, those whom we call Arab Israelis, and tell them: 'your national aspirations lie elsewhere.'"

Livni on Friday ruled out the expulsion of Israeli-Arabs after the Palestinian state is established.

"The national aspirations (of the Arabs) should be realized elsewhere, but there is no question of carrying out a transfer or forcing them to leave."

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