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‘You choose apartheid’, Netanyahu told in Knesset session

Image of Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint Arab List [Muammar Awad/Apaimages]
Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint List [Muammar Awad/Apaimages]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was accused of choosing “apartheid” and permanent military occupation of the Palestinians during a special session of the Knesset yesterday.

The debate focused on “the Israeli government’s political challenge in light of new opportunities that have been created”, and was initiated by opposition party Meretz.

Speaking at the session, Joint List leader Ayman Odeh stated that “we are at a crossroad where it is clearer than ever that we have only two options: peace or apartheid”.

Odeh accused Netanyahu of “time and again” refusing to take the route of peace, “choosing instead to continue the occupation and military control of another people”, adding: “We choose peace and you choose apartheid.”

Other politicians, meanwhile, claimed that Netanyahu was too busy mired in corruption investigations to be able to take advantage of “historic opportunities have arisen for regional cooperation that could lead to a permanent agreement and to an end to the conflict”.

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Another MK, from opposition faction Zionist Camp, attacked Netanyahu for not making sure Israel was part of the negotiations that led to the recent ceasefire deal in Syria.

“Russia, the US and Jordan asked for a ceasefire agreement in Syria, and who wasn’t the room? We weren’t. And who isn’t considered? We aren’t.”

“How is it possible that the demilitarised zone in the Golan Heights was decided for us by others? How did it happen that according to the agreement, Iran will be at our doorstep? And you, Bibi, are allowing this to happen under your watch. Again, there are zero achievements. Nada. Nothing at all.”

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  • Kaminoyona

    I find it funny when these morons mention Apartheid when the fact is that the only people practicing apartheid in that region is every Muslim nation and group.
    Also if Israel was apartheid then that man would not be in the Knesset.

    The Arabs in East Jerusalem ,Judea and Gaza are not Israeli citizens name one nation that gives the same rights to it’s enemies as it does it’s citizens…….

    • Syed

      Hey Kuckle head do you know Apartheid is, you never lived under it , so u dont know, I am a South African I lived under it for most of my life, all people of the world should be free, you a jew it figures you good in stealing other people land just like the British. British gave this land which was not their’s to give, u are illegally grabing land of the Palestinians and you talk about rights you have no rights to that land its does not belong to you. so dont claim what is not Jewish. Make peace not war.