Israel Deputy FM Elkin: Calls to ‘Freeze Construction in Judea and Samaria Are Anti-Semitism’

August 21, 2013 7:39 pm 12 comments
Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin (left) with Brazilian Senator Flexa Ribeiro and Henrique Eduardo Alves, President of the Chamber of Deputies. Photo: Israeli Embassy in Brazil.

Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin (left) with Brazilian Senator Flexa Ribeiro and Henrique Eduardo Alves, President of the Chamber of Deputies. Photo: Israeli Embassy in Brazil.

Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin said international calls for Israel to “freeze construction in Judea and Samaria are anti-Semitism,” in an interview with Brazilian daily O Estado de Sao Paolo, during a trip this week and last to Latin America.

“Imagine this elsewhere: members of a specific group forbidden to build houses. Everyone would say that is a racist decision,” Elkin said. “We cannot be the only country in the world to say, because of the fact that you are Jewish, you are forbidden to build homes in Jerusalem.”

Elkin will meet Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota this week in Brasilia, and was asked what his message would be for Brazil, a country that recognized the Palestinian Authority’s 2012 unilateral declaration of independence, and became one of its largest donors.

“I want to talk about our friendship: there is deep disagreement between our two countries. Brazil understands that we need to take care of our security, for without it, peace is impossible. Only direct talks can bring peace and, paradoxically, those who support Palestinian unilateral initiatives at the UN are the ones that hurt the chances of reaching an agreement. But my suggestion to the Minister will be to focus on the big interests. Israel is a technological powerhouse and Brazil, a global leader,” he said.

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  • an Israeli observer

    It is always wonderful to see, once again, that we have such deeply “enlightened” and, I might add, “brilliant” MKs who have the inability to separate legitimate criticism of Israel (even if you don’t agree with that criticism) and antisemitism. I believe that Obama’s policy towards Latin America is inadequate. I guess that makes me anti-Christian.

  • in this weeks Torah portion itself it says at least twelve times the land that G-d your G-d gives you first verse in the portion Ki Savo 26.1 And it will be when you will come to the land that G-d your G-d gives an inheritance and you will inherit and sit in it verse. 2.that you will bring from your land that G-d your G-d gives to you. 3.since I came to the land that G-d swore to our fathers to give to us. 9.And G-d gave us this land a land flowing with milk and honey.10.And now behold I brought the first fruit of the land that Hashem gave me.11.And you should rejoice with all the good that Hashem your G-d gave you.15.And bless the nation yisrael and the land that he gave to us like he swore to our fathers a land dripping with milk and honey.27.2.You will cross the jorden river to the land that hashem your G-d gives to you should erect big stones.3.And you should write all the words of this Torah when you pass in order that you shall come to the land that Hashem your G-d gives to you a land flowing with milk and honey like Hashem the G-d of our fathers spoke to us.28.8.and he will bless you in the land that Hashem your G-d gives to you.11.On the land that Hashem swore to your fathers to give to you.63.from the land that you come over there to inherit. I think 12 times in the Torah is enough times to prove that the land is the jewish peoples thank you very much and good Shabbos

  • Stephen Verchinski

    It is why the boycott of Israel products must continue as well as divestiture as well as condemnation of any attempts by John Kerry to meet with this government without withdrawal being done immediately. Ben Gurion is dead and the Zionist view of stealing land to make his dream a reality is also something that deserves to die. Humanity demands it.

  • It sounds like any mention of Israel, besides Kissing its A..s, is anti Semitic . That makes so much sense, keep it up. Are you in this site 100% believe that Israel is just Holy, and can do no wrong? Its good to tell us what you think, because we and the majority of people around the world are taking you for normal humans? Are we that wrong?

  • the last line of this article is absolutely hillarious..

  • “We cannot be the only country in the world to say, because of the fact that you are Jewish, you are forbidden to build homes in Jerusalem.”

    But you can be the only country where only Jews are allowed to settle. Jews have built and keep building thousands of houses on illegally occupied land. Isn’t it “anti-semitism” to push Palestinians out of their homes and land just to make room for more imported Jews?

    • Can you be this blinded by hate for Jews? What do you mean by “only Jews are allowed to settle”, really? We’ve taken in refugees from Syra, Chad, Sudan, all Muslim’s, why, because G-d say’s we should help the down trodden. As for illegal building, there are ten’s of thousands of illegal Arab homes all over Israel. Unlike Gush Katif, and Gaza, we don’t destroy their homes to make room.
      As for imported Jews, our largest single importation came when the surrounding Arab nations decided they couldn’t have Jews living in their cities, and drove a million of us from our homes. But that won’t be a problem for you Stan, will it. Good luck with that Mein Kamf thing.

    • its not the Palestinians land its the jewish peoples gift from Hashem like it says about 100 Times in the Torah

      • That’s it? That’s your deed of ownership? You think that the Torah is a legal document? That that argument supersedes the rights of people who have been living there for centuries? You’re a moron.

        • The Jews have lived in Judea and Sumaria for thousands of years. Why do Arabs have any more right to the land than Jews?

    • You don’t have to be Jewish to settle in Israel. Over one million Arabs live freely in Israel as well as many Christians. Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Christians can live and pray with out fear.

    • Judaea and Samaria (the West Bank) are not illegally occupied. They are disputed territories that belong to no one. Israel concurred the West Bank in a defensive war with Jordan. Palestine never existed as a country, so how can it be illegally occupied? Who does it belong to? No one.

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