Introduction to Contemporary Israeli Politics

Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s upcoming Justice Minister (reproduced the following quotes on her facebook page):
“What’s so horrifying about understanding that the entire Palestinian people is the enemy/ In wars the enemy is usually an entire people, including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure./ Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.” (source)

Rabbi Ben-Dahan
Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan, Israel’s upcoming deputy Defense Minister (in control of most matters relating to the occupation):
“[Palestinians] are beasts, they are not human.” (source)
Naftali Bennett, Minister of Education:
“There is not going to be a Palestinian state within the tiny land of Israel. It’s just not going to happen.” (source)
“I pledge to do everything in my power to prevent giving away even one inch of Israeli soil to the Arabs.” (source)
Moshe Kahlon, upcoming Minister of Finance:
In response to potential PA statehood declaration, “If they take steps, we will take steps – I think that we need to immediately annex all of the territories on that same day.” (source)
Uri Ariel, upcoming Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development:
“There will be just one state between the Jordan River and the sea, and that is the State of Israel. There are no [construction] freezes and there will be no more freezes – we won’t allow it. We won’t accept delays and restrictions [on buildings], not in Jerusalem and not in Judea and Samaria.” (source)
Moshe Ya’alon, Israel’s Defense Minister:
on “the Palestinian threat”, “The characteristics of that threat are invisible, like cancer. When you are attacked externally, you see the attack, you are wounded. Cancer, on the other hand, is something internal. Therefore, I find it more disturbing, because here the diagnosis is critical. If the diagnosis is wrong and people say it’s not cancer but a headache, then the response is irrelevant. But I maintain that it is cancer. My professional diagnosis is that there is a phenomenon here that constitutes an existential threat. There are all kinds of solutions to cancerous manifestations. Some will say it is necessary to amputate organs. But at the moment, I am applying chemotherapy, yes.” (source)

-Talal Alyan
Talal is a Palestinian-American writer based in Brooklyn. He tweets here.


  1. intifada III

  2. nazi israel

    to become

    what one hates

    is odium


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