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  Netanyahu Says Israel Is 'Nation-State Of The Jewish People And Them Alone'
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Mar 11, 2019 05:17pm
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AuthorBill Chappell and Daniel Estrin
News DateMonday, March 11, 2019 09:20:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is drawing criticism for saying that Israel is "the national state, not of all its citizens, but only of the Jewish people." The comment prompted many people — including Israel's president and the star of Wonder Woman — to defend Israel's Palestinian Arab minority.

Palestinian Arab citizens are about a fifth of Israel's population and often face discrimination and accusations of disloyalty.

The prime minister's comment set off criticism, debates over Israel's true nature — and observations that with Israel's legislative elections now less than a month away, Netanyahu's provocative language might be calculated to help his Likud Party at the polls.

Netanyahu and his party are warning that if they lose upcoming elections, the new government could include Arab political parties.

The saga began when Israeli actress and TV host Rotem Sela posted an Instagram story about comments that Culture Minister and Likud member Miri Regev made during a news interview. Sela questioned why Regev's statements about what she called the dangers of Palestinian Arab citizens taking part in a governing coalition went unchallenged.
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