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Haaretz & others Israeli Livni: “No place for Arabs in Israel after a Palestinian state is established”

Livni: “No place for Arabs in Israel after a Palestinian state is established”

author Thursday December 11, 2008 23:37author by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies Report this post to the editors

The Middle East Online reported on Thursday that Israeli Foreign Minister, president-elect of the Kadima party, Tzipi Livni, stated on Thursday that Arabs in Israel will not have any place in the Jewish state after a Palestinian state in established.

Tzipi Livni
Tzipi Livni

The statements of Livni were considered an exposed project for massive transfer of all Palestinians from their homeland.

In a meeting with high school students at a Tel Aviv school, Livni said that “after a Palestinian state in established, we can tell the Arabs ‘you have equal rights in the Jews in Israel, but the national solution for you is in a different place’, the principle here is two states for two peoples”.

The Israeli Army Radio repeated the statements of Livni in its broadcast.

Also, Livni said that today marks 900 days since Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, was captured by resistance fighters in Gaza. “We all want him back, but this is not always possible”, she added.

Commenting on the situation in Gaza, Livni said that Israel can end the truce any time it desires, and added that resistance fighters resumed the firing of homemade shells into southern Israel.

“Our goal for the long run is to remove Hamas from power in Gaza”, she added, “This will not happen tomorrow morning, but we will never accept an Islamist state that denies our existence”.

Livni also slammed that Arab Peace Initiative and added, “I do not need new peace initiatives, neither Arab nor French, I will present our own initiative”.

Commenting on her position in the upcoming general elections in Israel, Livni said that she believes she has better chances than “the candidates who came to the scene through a military background”.

“we got used to having a prime minister who is captivated by the army, during the second Lebanon war, military leaders thought they should act alone”, Livni said, “I am not in this position, I can ask questions, and when the army enters a war, I think about how to get us out of it”.

And this from haretz confirms it:

Livni: National aspirations of Israel’s Arabs can be met by Palestinian homeland
By Haaretz Service and News Agencies
Tags: israel news, tzipi livni
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Thursday that the creation of a Palestinian state would serve as a solution to national aspirations of Israel’s Arab citizens.

“Once a Palestinian state is established, I can come to the Palestinian citizens, whom we call Israeli Arabs, and say to them ‘you are citizens with equal rights, but the national solution for you is elsewhere,'” Livni was quoted by Army Radio as saying to students at a Tel Aviv high school.

“The idea is to maintain two states for two peoples, that is my path to a democratic nation,” she added.


When asked by a students why Israel continues to endanger itself in the face of Hamas when the Islamist group refuses to release captured soldier Gilad Shalit, Livni said: “If people think I can just go and release Gilad Shalit or that the government can, but just doesn’t want to, it’s not true.”

“The government must be responsible for the soldiers it sends out. We all want to avoid fatalities but part of what it means to fight is that we have no other choice. We can’t also bring everyone home,” she said.

Last month, Livni infuriated Israeli Arab lawmakers when she said: It must be clear to everyone that the State of Israel is a national homeland for the Jewish people.”

At the time, Livni added that the national demands of Israeli Arabs should end the moment a Palestinian state is established.

In response to Livni’s comments, Culture, Sports and Science Minister Ghaleb Majadele said, “The roots of the Israeli Arab citizens of Israel were planted before the state was established. They are residents of this country with rights; their residency and citizenship are not open for negotiation.”

“Anyone who raises the idea of transferring the Arab population in Israel to the territories of the state of Palestine is anti-democractic,” the Israeli Arab minister added.

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December 11, 2008 at 11:30 pm

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