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Jewish-Arab Coexistence In Israel

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There is a disconsolate strain of illiberalism in Israeli society that runs disturbingly deep.

Recently, Matan Kahana, the deputy religious affairs minister, told high school students in the West Bank settlement of Efrat that, if possible, he would transfer Israeli Arabs to Europe with the press of a “button.”

Kahana, a member of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s far-right Yamina Party, said, “If there were a button you could press that would make all the Arabs disappear, that would send them on an express train to Switzerland — may they live amazing lives there, I wish them all the best in the world — I would press that button.”

“There is no such button,” he added in a cautionary note. “Apparently we were destined to exist here (together) on this land in some form.”

Subsequently, Kahana said he had misspoken and admitted there is no alternative to coexistence.

Kahana’s outburst can only........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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