January 15, 2015


Liberman unveils party slogan placing Israeli Arab city in Palestine (TIMES OF ISRAEL, January 15, 2015)

The sub-slogan of the party, however, promotes the land and citizenship swap: "Ariel to Israel, Umm al-Fahm to Palestine," referring to the West Bank settlement and the northern Israeli Arab city, respectively.

Liberman has long advocated a controversial land swap plan in which towns in "The Triangle" region southeast of Haifa -- including heavily populated Arab cities -- would become part of a Palestinian state in any peace agreement, and their residents would lose their Israeli citizenship and become citizens of Palestine, in exchange for the Jewish settlement blocs of the West Bank. The proposal could affect some 300,000 Israeli Arabs. [...]

"We've reached a crossroads, decisions are needed and we're presenting a novel foreign policy stance in contrast to the anachronistic stance that the others present," he said. "Bennett presents a classic two-nation state, extending sovereignty over [the West Bank] without giving [Arab residents] freedom to vote, which will lend evidence to our enemies for what they want."

"We're presenting a pragmatic approach of the national camp in Israel: Israel as a Jewish state with a faithful population," he said.

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