Netanyahu: Israel Is ‘Not a State of All Its Citizens’ | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Netanyahu: Israel Is ‘Not a State of All Its Citizens’

For the sake of international standing, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tries to position himself as a right-of-center leader willing to talk peace. All of this flies out the window when an election campaign is ongoing, however, and Netanyahu shifts drastically right-ward, demonizing not just the occupied Palestinians, but also Israel’s own Arab minority.

If there wasn’t an election next month, Israel would be hyping its treatment of its Arab minority as equals. Instead, Netanyahu is trying to scare voters into thinking his political rivals might let Arabs into the government. When actor Rotem Sela criticized this, noting the Arabs are supposed to be equal, and so what if they were in the government, Netanyahu fired back that Israel was never meant to be “a state of all its citizens.”

That sounds like the sort of thing a head of state would generally keep to himself. Courting the far-right vote, however, Netanyahu is steering into the narrative that Israel is a state “of Jewish people alone,” saying anyone who thought otherwise was “slightly confused.”