The Outrageous Demand

In a video statement published on 9th September, Benjamin Netanyahu highlighted an uncomfortable fact about the current peace process between Israel and its neighbours:

“The Palestinian leadership actually demands a Palestinian state with one pre-condition: no Jews.”

He went on to make a crucial point – such an approach is called ethnic cleansing. It would mean removing all Jews from parts of Judea and Samaria.

When one thinks carefully about this, it should be obvious that such a demand “is outrageous”.

But as Netanyahu states: “It's even more outrageous that the world doesn't find this outrageous.”

“Some otherwise enlightened countries even promote this outrage.”

These outspoken comments provoked a rapid response from US State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau, who said:

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.”

Could it be that the USA is one of the enlightened countries that promote this outrage? The Americans are, after all, keen to be seen as peacemakers in the region.