Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, insists that Israel is a “state” exclusively for Jews and not for all its citizens.
In response to Israeli actress Rotem Sela’s criticism that the Tel Aviv regime should end the campaign to “delegitimize” Arab citizens residing in the occupied Palestinian territories, Netanyahu recalled that, according to Israel’s so-called ‘nation-state’ law, Israel belongs only to the Jewish people.
“Dear Rotem, an important correction: Israel is not a state of all its citizens. According to the nation-state law we passed, Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people and only of it,” the premier wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday.
The passage of this controversial Israeli law in July 2018 provoked international rejection, but it was also not well received by Israelis themselves. Human rights groups and some Western governments see this as a “racist” law. The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian authorities, in addition to criticizing the law, insist on an end to the Israeli occupation and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
Sela, in her Instagram account, published her opinion on the interview that the Israeli Minister of Culture, Miri Regev, did in the program of the Israeli television channel 12.
“Miri Regev sits there and explains to Rina Matzliach [journalist] that the public must be vigilant because if [candidate] Benny Gantz is elected [in the April general elections], he will have to form a government with the Arabs,” the actress wrote on her page with 824,000 followers.
Sela added: “[…] when the hell will someone in this government convey to the public that Israel is a country for all its citizens? And that all people were born equal. The Arabs, my God, are also human beings. And so are the Druze.
Arabs make up 20% of the 9 million inhabitants of the occupied Palestinian territories. Most of them denounce discrimination.