Netanyahu: “Israel Is Not a State of All Its Citizens”

Mar 11, 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Israel is “not a state of all its citizens” as he engaged in a social media spat with Israeli celebrity Rotem Sela over the weekend. The well-known model and host wrote on Instagram Saturday, “When the hell will someone in this government tell the public that Israel is a country of all its citizens,” after watching an interview with the Israeli culture minister. Netanyahu responded directly to Sela on Instagram, writing, “Israel is not a state of all its citizens. According to the basic nationality law we passed, Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people—and only it.” The comments came days after Israel banned an alliance of Israeli Arab parties from fielding candidates for Israel’s parliament and as Israel is just one month away from a general election.

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