Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman called for harsher measures against Arab Israelis who oppose the State of Israel and who support terror.
Speaking at an elections event at the IDC, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, the head of the nationalist Yisrael Beytenu party said that those [Arabs] who support Israel “should receive everything [in terms of rights]; those against us, it cannot be helped, we must lift up an ax and behead them — otherwise we will not survive here.”
During this election campaign, Liberman has repeatedly called for the death penalty for terrorists.
“Arab Israelis who want the destruction of Israel are a fifth column. They shouldn’t get state benefits,” he said.
“Israeli citizens who raise a black flag on Nakba Day [on which Palestinians mourn the establishment of Israel] — from my perspective, they should leave here, and I would willingly and with great pleasure hand them over to [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas],” he added, alluding to his plan for land swaps in the event of a future Palestinian state, which he has argued should absorb Arab Israelis.
“There is no reason for Umm al-Fahm to be part of Israel,” he said in reference to the northern Israeli city in the Triangle area, a cluster of Arab Israeli towns adjacent to the Green Line.
Israel was too “stupid, stingy, and soft” on the matter, he continued.
Liberman also kept up his attack on the Joint Arab List, arguing that it should not run for the Knesset. During a TV debate earlier this month, he called the leader of the party, Ayman Odeh, a fifth column and a terror supporter, urging him to move to the Gaza Strip.
The foreign minister also reiterated his call for a regional peace agreement with the Palestinians, brokered by moderate Arab states, which he claimed were not too fond of the Palestinians.
“Even the Palestinians know what the Arab states think of them,” he says. “You don’t have to go far. Go to Kuwait and ask them what they think about the Palestinians. There are some states that have finally internalized that the real threat is not Israel, not Judaism, and not Zionism, but the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, the al-Nusra front, Hezbollah and Hamas,” he said. “We must take advantage of the momentum and be smart.”
He said Israel must have a “package deal” for peace with the Arab countries “that will change the reality.”