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May 22, 2015 4:31 pm

New Israeli Deputy FM Tells Diplomats That All of Israel’s Land Belongs to Jews

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Israel's new deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, said all of Israel belongs to the Jews. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Israel’s new deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, said in an address to the Jewish state’s diplomatic core that all of the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people.

“Many times it seems that in our international relations, more than emphasizing the rightness of our cause, we are asked to use arguments that play well diplomatically,” she said in a broadcast to Israel’s 106 diplomats serving abroad. “But at a time when the very existence of Israel is being called into question, it is important to be right.”

Hotovely, who is the highest-ranking official at Israel’s Foreign Ministry as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also acting foreign minister, spoke of the need to return to the “basic truth” about who controls the land.

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“The international community deals with considerations of justice and morality,” she said. “We need to return to the basic truth of our right to this land.”

Hotovely ended her address by quoting medieval Jewish scholar Rashi, who described how God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people.

“Rashi says the Torah opens with the story of the creation of the world so that if the nations of the world come and tell you that you are occupiers, you must respond that all of the land belonged to the Creator of world and when He wanted to, He took from them and gave to us,” she said.

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  • American

    Constantly repeating the lie won’t make it true. 🙂

  • Jerome Verlin

    I hope they follow through. Among the points to make:

    * The State of Israel is the land’s next native state after Roman-destroyed Jewish Judaea, every ruler in between having been a foreign empire invader, and except for most of 638-1099, non-Arab at that;

    * Historian Parkes was right that the Jews never left and that their tenacious continuous post-biblical presence wrote the Zionists’ “real title deeds”;

    * Jerusalem’s Jewish majority since 19th century Turkish rule;

    * San Remo and the Palestine Mandate (of which Jordan soon got 78%) recognized the Jews’ homeland right to the land; and

    * the UN 1947 partition resolution said “the hill country of Samaria and Judea,” not “West Bank”, referenced “Jewish” and “Arab” (not “Palestinian”) states, and called Palestine’s Jews and Arabs “the two Palestinian peoples.”

  • shloime

    “diplomacy is the art of saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.” – will rogers

    at least hotovely is prettier than lieberman, but she needs a little more work on her diplomacy.

    • KMan

      No diplomacy on anyone’s part.
      She speaks historic truth and it’s about time we express it ” diplomatically”.
      To those who do not agree with her or generally with the Israeli Right, my question is: What’s your end game, then?

  • she is right.

  • Edward Brynes

    Is there actually a requirement in Israel that non-Jews cannot own land?

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