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Jerusalem - Israeli Opposition Chief Fears Binational State

Published on: April 24, 2012 11:57 AM
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 Shaul Mofaz, the newly elected leader of the centrist Israeli party Kadima (Forward), places his hands on the Western Wall as he visits the holy site in Jerusalem, 28 March 2012. EPA Shaul Mofaz, the newly elected leader of the centrist Israeli party Kadima (Forward), places his hands on the Western Wall as he visits the holy site in Jerusalem, 28 March 2012. EPA

Jerusalem - Israel’s new opposition leader says the biggest danger facing the country is that it will be replaced by a binational Jewish-Arab state if it fails to separate from the Palestinians.

Former military chief Shaul Mofaz won leadership of the centrist Kadima Party last month. He told Israel Radio Tuesday, “The threat of us losing the Jewish majority and Israel becoming a binational state is the biggest threat to Israel, and time is working against us.”

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He said, “The threat of a binational state that we are bequeathing to our children really keeps me awake at night.”

Mofaz said Israel must resume talks for a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.

On Monday, a prominent Palestinian told The Associated Press a binational state could result if peace talks fail.


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 Apr 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM belzer gabbai Says:

I ask that you please put your personal feelings aside and think if a binational state is realy that bad. Why should israel be different than the rest of the world, and be tied to a religion? Why can jews and mslims lve side by side in brooklyn and elsewhere except in israel?

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 Apr 24, 2012 at 01:04 PM Liepa Says:

In other words, he's telling the palis, any deal you want, I'll make with you, and in essence you, the palis have the bargaining power advantage since we need to make a deal with you yesterday. Pretty dumb, for someone of his caliber to shout out like that.

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 Apr 24, 2012 at 02:02 PM Liepa Says:

Reply to #1  
belzer gabbai Says:

I ask that you please put your personal feelings aside and think if a binational state is realy that bad. Why should israel be different than the rest of the world, and be tied to a religion? Why can jews and mslims lve side by side in brooklyn and elsewhere except in israel?

Do you really believe the muslims would be satisfied with sharing, a land they feel is theirs, with anyone specifically 'al-yehud'. These choleras will be killing us in every corner should we allow them in our midst.

By the way, what about the fact that the arabs produce far more babies than Israelis do. What happens when they become the majority in Israel c"v do they rename Israel to Palestine, before or after they throw the Jews out?

Please tell me you aren't so naive as to believe these arabs will just all of a sudden start living peacefully.

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 Apr 24, 2012 at 02:22 PM RebKlemson Says:

Reply to #1  
belzer gabbai Says:

I ask that you please put your personal feelings aside and think if a binational state is realy that bad. Why should israel be different than the rest of the world, and be tied to a religion? Why can jews and mslims lve side by side in brooklyn and elsewhere except in israel?

Because the arabs there are bloodthirsty and the ones here are not. Want your family stabbed on a friday night? Theyve already proven themselves as unneighborly

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 Apr 24, 2012 at 02:24 PM Anonymous Says:

A binational state would be the best thing for Eretz Yisroel before Moshiach. If the Palestinians have their own state, they will fight a constant war against Israel. If there is a binational state, there will be control. Also, more Haredim will vote and participate in the country, because it will not fall under the issurim of zionism.

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 Apr 24, 2012 at 03:16 PM BoruchN Says:

Never happen...HaShem will stop it.
'Ad teedag, 'Am Yisroel.'
'Poel Yeshuas.'
He who can create a world, split a sea...etc. Can do
ANYTHING even save the 'Yidden' from themselves.

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 Apr 24, 2012 at 04:11 PM Lawrence M. Reisman Says:

A bi-national state wouldn't be bad, but that's not what the Arabs want. They want an Arab state, preferably Islamic, where Jews whose ancestors were not present in the land in 1890 would be forced to leave. That's what the Palestinian national covenant states, and that's what the Arabs have always wanted.

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 Apr 24, 2012 at 08:32 PM esther Says:

i am simply flabergasted that frum people can advocate for a binational state.as if that would satisfy the arabs.who are any of you to to in effect give half of Hashem's land away?

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 Apr 24, 2012 at 08:56 PM ayinglefunadorf Says:

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esther Says:

i am simply flabergasted that frum people can advocate for a binational state.as if that would satisfy the arabs.who are any of you to to in effect give half of Hashem's land away?

"Give half of Hashems land away?" Hashem chased us away because our sins, Umipnei Chatoenu golinu Mearzenu, and wont give us back until Moshiach.

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 Apr 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM esther Says:

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ayinglefunadorf Says:

"Give half of Hashems land away?" Hashem chased us away because our sins, Umipnei Chatoenu golinu Mearzenu, and wont give us back until Moshiach.

the halacha of not giving jewish owned land still stands right now biz moshiach.you guys are so funny;i don't see any of you rushing to give parts of mea sharim.

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 Apr 25, 2012 at 11:41 AM Anonymous Says:

There are some good arguments for putting all the religious sites that have significance to both yidden and muslims under some kind of joint control as part of a binational state. Even some elements of the Chareidi kehillah would support such a power-sharing arrangement over the kosel, maaras hamachpelah, the many kevorim of the avos and imahos, etc. which have kedushah to us and the Arabs.

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 Apr 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM Anonymous Says:

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ayinglefunadorf Says:

"Give half of Hashems land away?" Hashem chased us away because our sins, Umipnei Chatoenu golinu Mearzenu, and wont give us back until Moshiach.

Its not clear what the boundaries of "hashem's land" are. There are many respected archeologists and geographers who have disputed the traditional claims to portions of the Sinai and West Bank as having been part of the original area settle by the 12 shevatim after yetzias mitzraim.

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