Netanyahu did make the point at the Cabinet meeting on Sunday that Nakba Day, celebrated last Thursday as a day of catastrophe because of Israel’s establishment, constitutes incitement:
“Whoever sees the establishment of the State of Israel and its continued existence as a disaster does not want peace," he declared.
In point of fact, this Nakba day was quite violent, with riots in several locations.
In the course of rioting, two young Palestinian Arabs were allegedly killed, although there is serious dispute as to the circumstances.
Be alerted: An organization called Defense for Children Palestine is circulating a video that ostensibly shows the IDF simply shooting down two youths in Beitunia, near Ramallah, in the course of a lull in Nakba riots. The IDF says that the video is edited in a tendentious manner and does not reflect the true level of violence that occurred there. What is more, it appears, based on initial checks, that no live fire was used, only rubber bullets.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon says the soldiers were facing a situation that was life-threatening, and acted appropriately.
Livni, who was in London to deliver a talk, claimed that there was no choice but to continue talking. She is sufficiently obtuse so that she is likely pleased with herself. There have been calls for her resignation – and indeed she should be dumped forthwith if she doesn’t resign. But none of this will happen.
The prime minister has announced his intention to submit to the Knesset a new Basic Law (Basic Law serves as Israel’s constitution) that would define Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.
With this declaration came a clarification: ”The State of Israel will always preserve the full equality, in personal and civil rights, of all its citizens, Jewish and non-Jewish alike.”
There is a distinction between personal civil rights, which adhere to all Israeli citizens, and national rights, which belong to the Jewish people. Anyone who claims that Israel will no longer be a democracy if this Basic Law is passed is distorting the reality.
Yet another law that offers promise is being promoted. This, to ensure Jewish rights to pray on Har Habayit (the Temple Mount). MK Miri Regev (Likud) and MK Hilik Bar (Labor) have said they will introduce a bill that would create a situation similar to that of the Machpela in Hevron, where Jews and Muslims both pray. At a bare minimum, this should be the situation – right now Muslims have full access for prayer, but Jews are prevented by Israeli security from praying because it would generate “unrest” among the Muslims. This, in spite of the fact that the High Count has said that Jews have a right to pray on the Mount.
Dearly would I love to see this pass. I believe this issue must be promoted until the current situation is overruled. But I am cynical. I fully expect Netanyahu – who is afraid of upsetting the status quo on the Mount and risking Muslim displeasure – to do everything in his power to block it. I see the talk about this legislation as an important first step.