Netanyahu’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ video earns strong rebuke from State Department

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Today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted another of his English language videos about the conflict. This one said that those who want to create a Palestinian state are seeking “ethnic cleansing” of Jews from the occupied territories, and some enlightened countries are supporting this program.

Yet the Palestinian leadership actually demands a state with one precondition: No Jews. There’s a phrase for that, it’s called ethnic cleansing. And this demand is outrageous… Some otherwise enlightened countries even promote this outrage. Ask yourself this, would you accept ethnic cleansing in your state, a territory without Jews, without Hispanics, without blacks? Since when is bigotry a peace?… I think what makes peace impossible is intolerance of others.

And the State Department was quick to slam the prime minister today, and it included descriptions of the actual ethnic cleansing, that of Palestinians. Shades of a new assertiveness by the Obama administration in its waning days?

MS [Elisabeth] TRUDEAU: So we have seen the Israeli prime minister’s video. We obviously strongly disagree with the characterization that those who oppose settlement activity or view it as an obstacle to peace are somehow calling for ethnic cleansing of Jews from the West Bank. We believe that using that type of terminology is inappropriate and unhelpful. Settlements are a final status issue that must be resolved in negotiations between the parties. We share the view of every past U.S. administration and the strong consensus of the international community that ongoing settlement activity is an obstacle to peace. We continue to call on both sides to demonstrate with actions and policies a genuine commitment to the two-state solution.

We have repeatedly expressed our strong concerns that trends on the ground continue to move in the opposite direction. Let’s be clear: The undisputed fact is that already this year, thousands of settlement units have been advanced for Israelis in the West Bank, illegal outposts and unauthorized settlement units have been retroactively legalized, more West Bank land has been seized for exclusive Israeli use, and there has been a dramatic escalation of demolitions resulting in over 700 Palestinian structures destroyed, displacing more than 1,000 Palestinians. As we’ve said many times before, this does raise real questions about Israel’s long-term intentions in the West Bank.

QUESTION: So you’re not a big fan of the video, I take it?

MS TRUDEAU: Correct.

QUESTION: So have you made your – not you personally, but has the Administration made its feelings clear to – other than your comments just now to the Israelis?

MS TRUDEAU: Yes. We are engaging in direct conversations with the Israeli Government on this.

QUESTION: And I mean, is there anything that you can do? I mean, he said this; he apparently believes it and it’s a pretty strong sentiment. You – even though disagree with it, I mean, what have you asked him to do? I mean, have you asked him to walk it back at all or —

MS TRUDEAU: I’m not going to get into our diplomatic discussions. What I would say is: unhelpful, it’s inappropriate. We’ll have our conversation with our Israeli allies and friends and we’ll see where that goes….

Notice the reference to Israeli house demolitions and displacement of 1000 Palestinians. That’s a start.

Thanks to Yakov Hirsch and Scott Roth, who tweeted: “ are you a serious person? All evidence suggests you’re not.”

 

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19 Responses

  1. kalithea
    September 9, 2016, 10:35 pm

    Netanyahu is as evil as Zionism. Only a demented despot would twist the truth the way he’s doing in that video. Sick.

  2. iResistDe4iAm
    September 10, 2016, 12:47 am

    “Ethnic cleansing for peace is absurd. It’s about time somebody said it. I just did.” ~ Benjamin Netanyahu

    Israel was created by ethnically cleansing 750,000 of the 1,237,000 non-Jewish Palestinian population in 1947-1949 (61% of total, or 85% of those living in the areas that became the state of Israel). Furthermore, about 380,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed BEFORE Israel declared its independence on 14 May 1948, and before any Arab armies intervened on behalf of the Palestinians. More than 500 Palestinian villages were depopulated and later destroyed to prevent the return of the Palestinian refugees.
    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/04/201249125656342960.html

    As a result of the 1967 war, a further 320,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed from their homes (35% of the population of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip).

    Today, about 67% of Palestinian residents in Gaza, 30% of Palestinian residents in the West Bank/East Jerusalem, and 25% of Palestinian citizens of Israel are internally displaced refugees who were ethnically cleansed from areas that became the state of Israel.

    I agree with Netanyahu — ethnic cleansing for peace is absurd. It’s about time to let the ethnically-cleansed return to their homes so that the healing can begin. Without healing, reconciliation and justice, there will never be peace.

  3. talknic
    September 10, 2016, 5:26 am

    Like the supporters of the Zionist Colonization enterprise who leave their pathetic justifications on MW, Netanyahu is a blatant and pathetic liar.

    All Israelis, including non-Jews are prohibited from illegally settling in non-Israeli territories under Israeli occupation.

    Israel doesn’t allow illegal settlers, why should Palestine?

  4. Stephen Shenfield
    September 10, 2016, 7:28 am

    I don’t think there is any prohibition on individual Jews living in the Palestinian territories. The late Ilan Halevi lived in Ramallah. A few Israeli journalists have also taken up residence there. That is not at all the same thing as tolerating closed communities of Jews that are themselves based on the ethnic cleansing of non-Jews, do not recognize the authority of the Palestinian government, and inflict all sorts of harm on their non-Jewish neighbors.

    • Mooser
      September 10, 2016, 12:34 pm

      ” That is not at all the same thing as tolerating closed communities of…”

      Illegal settlers.

  5. eljay
    September 10, 2016, 8:56 am

    || King Bibi: … Yet the Palestinian leadership actually demands a state with one precondition: No Jews. … ||

    Liar. But I’m willing to retract that statement if he can prove that the Palestinians’ democratically-elected leaders has actually demanded that a Palestinian state must be Jew-free.

    || … Ask yourself this, would you accept ethnic cleansing in your state … ||

    Question: Ask yourself this, would you accept ethnic cleansing in Israel?
    Zio-supremacist answer: Absolutely!

    RW: I cannot consistently say that “ethnic cleansing is never necessary”.

    RW: If I was an adult in 1948, I probably would have supported whatever it took to create the state of Israel, and held my nose at actions that I could not possibly do myself.

    RW: I feel that the nakba [sic] was a necessary wrong …

    RW: The nakba [sic] that occurred in 1948 was accompanied by the independence, the liberation, of the Jewish community. So, I primarily celebrate …

    eee: Ethnic cleansing is an evil that was necessary to create a greater good, a viable Jewish state.

    || … Since when is bigotry a peace? … ||

    It takes a lot of balls or a complete lack of self-awareness for a Zio-supremacist bigot – the hateful and immoral leader of an intentionally and unapologetically oppressive, colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist state – to lecture anyone on bigotry.

    • Mooser
      September 10, 2016, 4:42 pm

      “or a complete lack of self-awareness”

      “Why, it says right here on the bottle this Zionist was made in New York City!”

  6. oldgeezer
    September 10, 2016, 9:30 am

    Nope, no incitement there. Move along, nothing to see here.

    The man is a deranged loon.

  7. amigo
    September 10, 2016, 9:46 am

    Meanwhile here is a report on what nietanyahu,s most moral army is up to .

    “Bisected by a Jews-only Road, a Palestinian Neighborhood in Hebron Is Dying

    The heavily-armed elite IDF soldiers tasked with ensuring that Aref Jaber doesn’t expand his house bravely leap into action when faced with any security threat, be it a child or a camera crew .
    Here’s the mission of Israel Defense Forces combat soldiers, moral to the bone and fearless – young men from an elite unit who are serving in Hebron: They stand on the road, all day and all night, watching over the house of Aref Jaber. As part of their operational mission, they prevent outsiders from entering the apartment building and block every attempt by anyone, including the tenants and local residents and even children, to go up to the roof.

    Why? The soldiers only know that Jaber has been prohibited to continue building his home, though they have no idea why. They claim that they have a “general’s order” in their pocket, which declares that the two-story building is a “closed military zone,” but that they are not allowed to show it to anyone. The order is secret.”

    No paywall using this link.

    read more: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.740971

  8. Kay24
    September 10, 2016, 9:47 am

    They have this ugly habit of projecting. All casualty numbers show it is the zionazis who keep ethnically cleansing those they steal lands from, and yet this man is trying to convince the world it is the opposite. He is mentally deranged, there is no other word for this dangerous lunatic.
    Only brainwashed idiots will continue to believe that the Palestinians want to keep living in suffering and without freedom, and that the occupier with a well trained military and sophisticated weapons is the poor victim.

    As for the US State Department, they should stop with this false outrage and condemnation – the world knows and agrees that it is the US that enables these war criminals, arms them, and hands them ammunition to kill more civilians – give us a break, and stop pretending you are outraged with what they keep doing. Actions speak louder than words, and the US has shown nothing but support for all what Israel does.

    So why do we keep enabling this alien nation again?

  9. James Michie
    September 10, 2016, 9:57 am

    This so-called “prime minister” is a fascist terrorist creature from HELL and needs to be heavily sedated, restrained in a straight jacket and Hannibal muzzle, and locked away in a padded cell for life!

  10. AddictionMyth
    September 10, 2016, 10:39 am

    Good to see Obama finding his voice on this one. This is progress though he still has a long way to go.

  11. Kay24
    September 10, 2016, 11:22 am

    “MS TRUDEAU: Yes. We are engaging in direct conversations with the Israeli Government on this.”

    Fat lot that is going to do to change anything

    And

    “We’ll have our conversation with our Israeli allies and friends and we’ll see where that goes”….

    It will go nowhere sister. Israel will keep the status quo and their control over the Palestinians and the US as long as their evil heart’s desire.

  12. Citizen
    September 10, 2016, 1:26 pm

    Let us hope that Obama will call for a Palestinian State before his term is ended. Not likely, but hope springs eternal.

    • echinococcus
      September 10, 2016, 2:16 pm

      Do you really see this as a positive development? This would be an acknowledgement by the US of the definitive nature of the enslaved Bantustans under firm USrael control. Not comparable to the purely symbolic nature of the recognition of a state entity by divers European countries.

  13. Brewer
    September 11, 2016, 6:34 am

    I would also invite the Israeli prime minister to the White House in my first month in office – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/11/hillary-promises-netanyahu/#sthash.CNjOASpT.dpuf

  14. Ossinev
    September 11, 2016, 11:43 am

    Say what you like about the Yahoo but you have to admit that his excretory output is phenomenal. This latest “ethnic cleansing ” claim IMHO scores a resounding 10 out of 10 on the Goebballsometer and is up there alongside the now classic “Grandi Mufti orchestrated the Holocaust ”

    “I would also invite the Israeli prime minister to the White House in my first month in office.”Sorry Hillary if you do get elected you will just have to wait your turn in the queue. Your new boss will be much to busy cosying up to Putin and simply not be able to spare you any time.

  15. genesto
    September 12, 2016, 11:58 am

    Another worthless State Dept. statement that Israel’s action – in this case, Bibi’s video – is ‘unhelpful’ to the peace process. Each of these statements, along with $1.25, will buy you a cup of coffee!

  16. K Renner
    September 20, 2016, 11:49 am

    Jews cannot be “ethnically cleansed” from the Palestinian West Bank.

    Simple as that. Why? Because the Jews living there and claiming the stolen land they squat on as “part of Eretz Yisrael” are nothing more then a pack of Palestinian-hating land thieves.

    If the Palestinians were to cohesively kick them out on their asses and claim the “settlements” for Palestinian use, it’d be no different then the removal of, say, committed National Socialists who “settled” in the East as part of the National Socialist Party’s “Lebensraum” project.

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