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Trump Campaign Sides With Netanyahu: Palestinians Seek 'Ethnic Cleansing' of Jews

Trump’s adviser on U.S.-Israel relations tells Haaretz that Palestinians want 'their so-called state' to be, 'as the Nazis said, judenrein' or devoid of Jews.

Donald Trump’s adviser on U.S.-Israeli relations told Haaretz Sunday that the Obama administration “should be ashamed of their misguided reaction” to remarks by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In a Facebook video published over the weekend, Netanyahu said that support for the removal of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, as part of a two-state peace deal with the Palestinian Authority, was the equivalent of advocating for the “ethnic cleansing” of Jews.
“Prime Minister Netanyahu makes exactly the right point. The Palestinians want Israel to absorb countless 'refugees' - people who never lived in Israel and whose ancestors were never forced to leave Israel - while their so-called 'state' is required to be, as the Nazis said, judenrein (devoid of Jews). It is an entirely racist and anti-Semitic position,” David Friedman, the Trump adviser, related in an email exchange.
“Arabs live and work side by side with Israelis in the State of Israel. They attend universities, enjoy the strongest human and civil rights (including women's rights) in the region, and have access to world class health care. There is no better place for Arabs to live in the Middle East than in the State of Israel. With this background in mind, the Prime Minister of Israel correctly observes that the Palestinian demand to remove all Jews from their ancestral homeland in Judea and Samaria is nothing short of an attempt at ethnic cleansing. The State Department should be ashamed of their misguided reaction to Mr. Netanyahu's remarks,” Friedman said.
“The United States frequently refers to the ‘two state solution’ as two states for two peoples. The Palestinian response - which the US State Department refuses to challenge - is ‘one state for two peoples (Israel) and a second state just for Palestinian Arabs.’ It is no wonder that the State Department under Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have lost credibility in the region.”
The Obama administration responded angrily on Friday to the video posted on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Facebook page in which he indicated that those advocating for the uprooting of Israeli West Bank settlements as part of two-state peace deal were calling for the “ethnic cleansing” of Jews.
“Israel's diversity shows its openness and readiness for peace” Netanyahu said in the video. “Yet the Palestinian leadership actually demands a Palestinian state with one pre-condition: No Jews. There's a phrase for that: It's called ethnic cleansing. And this demand is outrageous. It's even more outrageous that the world doesn't find this outrageous.”
State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau reacted to the video in a press conference, saying that “using that type of terminology is inappropriate and unhelpful.” Trudeau added that the Obama administration, as well as all previous American administrations and the entire international community, believe that the continued building of settlements is an obstacle to peace.
Echoing Friedman, Marc Zell, co-chair of Republicans Overseas’ Israel chapter promised that the absence of such “interference” in Israel’s relationship with the Palestinians “will be a major change under a Trump administration.”
“The Prime Minister’s statement was entirely appropriate and his reference to ethnic cleansing is not out of order in any respect,” said Zell, a resident of the Gush Etzion settlement of Tekoa, who also serves as vice president of the international organization Republicans Overseas. Zell said that the Trump campaign, in keeping with the Republican party platform which Zell helped shape at the party’s convention in July, would never take such a position.
“Our candidate, Donald Trump, has stated on more than one occasion that when it comes to building in the Land of Israel - whether it is homes, businesses or schools - that is a decision for the Israeli people alone and it is not something the U.S. government needs to interfere in,”
Zell told Haaretz. “Trump believes it is for the Israelis and Palestinians to work out among themselves, and that it’s not appropriate for the United States to weigh in on the dispute in a manner that clearly favors one side - the Palestinian side.”
Zell and the local Trump team in Israel unveiled a makeshift traveling office in the West Bank last week, touting it as the first campaign office for a U.S. presidential candidate ever opened over the “Green Line” – a reference to Israel’s internationally recognized borders. They plan to move the new West Bank office to various settlements over the course of the campaign.
There are also Israeli Trump campaign offices in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Modi’in devoted to registering American citizens in Israel to vote and convincing them to vote for Trump and the Republican ticket. Sources close to the Israeli campaign told Haaretz that “hundreds of thousands of dollars” had been invested in encouraging and assisting American supporters of the Republican Party living in Israel to vote. The efforts in Israel, spearheaded by Republicans Overseas, are not directly funded by or directly affiliated with either the Republican Party or the Trump campaign. They do, however, coordinate closely with both in order to remain, according to Zell, “on the same page.”

Allison Kaplan Sommer

Haaretz Correspondent

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police




The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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