Leader of the far-right Religious Zionist party MK Bezalel Smotrich on Thursday threatened to expel an Arab MK and other Muslims who do not accept the rule of Jews in Israel.
Earlier in the day, MK Ahmad Tibi of the Joint List gave an interview with Radio 103FM, during which he was asked his opinion on remarks made by Chief Rabbi of Safed Shmuel Eliyahu, who in 2019 stated: “The land [of Israel] vomits out the Arabs.”
Haaretz: Israeli lawmaker Bezalel Smotrich stated "that he will make sure that Arabs who do not recognize the Jewish people's legitimate rule over the Land of Israel 'will not remain here.' His comments came on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day." https://t.co/Xo4JG196fh
— Maureen Murphy (@maureenclarem) April 7, 2021
Tibi called Eliyahu “racist garbage”, adding:
“I despise him. A rabbi is not supposed to talk like that, and if a sheikh talks like that about Jews, then he should also be condemned.”
Smotrich jumped to defend Eliyahu on Twitter, stating:
“A true Muslim needs to know that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people, and over time Arabs like you who don’t recognize that will not remain here. Rabbi Shmuel and his multitude of followers, us among them, will make sure of that.”
אוי בצלאל היית ונישארת נער גבעות מתלהם. העובדה שלא תהיה שר אלא בהישענות על ערבים עושה לי נחת . המון נחת. אבל אני ערבי שלא סופר אותך. ולא רוצה לשכנע אותך בכלום ולא את הרב ההוא שאמר שהארץ מקיאה את הערבים.. יאללה תחפף Du bist ein Rassist https://t.co/yEWWvtcv66
— Ahmad Tibi (@Ahmad_tibi) April 7, 2021
Tibi responded: “It makes me happy that you won’t be a minister without relying on Arabs,” adding in German: “Du bist ein Rassist (You are a racist).”
Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu’s bloc seeks to mobilize the support of Mansour Abbas’ Arab List to reach a majority of 61 seats to be able to form a government coalition.
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)