Sunday, July 23rd | 29 Tammuz 5777

Close

Be in the know!

Get our exclusive daily news briefing.

Subscribe
June 10, 2016 9:55 am

Tel Aviv Mayor Sparks Outrage by Linking Terror Attack to ‘Occupation’

avatar by JNS.org

Email a copy of "Tel Aviv Mayor Sparks Outrage by Linking Terror Attack to ‘Occupation’" to a friend
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai  implied that he understands the terrorists’ motives behind the Sarona attack. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai implied that he understands the terrorists’ motives behind the Sarona attack. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai sparked outrage through his response to Wednesday’s fatal terrorist shooting at the Sarona market, in which he implied that he understands the terrorists’ motives.

“We might be the only country where one people is under occupation by another without having civil rights, and the leaders say it’s so we can reach a [peace] deal,” Huldai told Army Radio.

“On one hand, we’re 49 years into the occupation, and I was part of it. (Huldai is a retired brigadier general who served as an Israeli Air Force pilot for 26 years.) I know the reality and I know that courageous leaders need to aspire to do things, not just talk. The fact that we accept this suffering isn’t leading to any change in our understanding about what we need to do,” Huldai said.

Related coverage

July 22, 2017 1:24 pm
0

Anti-Israel Protests Held in Turkey, Jordan Over Temple Mount Security Measures

Demonstrations in support of Palestinian worshipers in support of their struggle against the new Temple Mount security measures were held...

The mayor added that “you can’t hold people to a reality in which you conquer them and think that they’ll reach the conclusion that everything is all right and they can go on living that way.”

In response to Huldai’s controversial remarks, Israeli Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis (Likud) said, “We don’t need Huldai to lecture us on morality and his desire for peace or the peace process. He should aim his criticism at the other side, which sends animals to murder innocent Israelis. The things he said, which could be interpreted as meaning there is a need for a mega-terrorist attack to start the peace process, are nonsense that should be condemned as harshly as possible.”

Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan (Habayit Hayehudi) said Huldai “is putting the blame on the occupation…or [the fact] that we haven’t reached a peace deal with the Arabs, so we’re suffering terrorism….It’s time for us, the [political] right, to tell the leftists: ‘You’re deluded.’”

Member of Knesset Nava Boker (Likud) said that “the blood still isn’t dry from the terrorist attack, and Huldai is already rushing to profit politically and tie the attack to the ‘occupation.’”

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner

Algemeiner.com