Right-wing Israeli lawmaker wants more rights for Arabs

Tuesday, March 09, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

Right-wing lawmaker Tzipi Hotovely, a rising star in Israel's ruling Likud Party, this week urged Israel to completely rethink its approach to making peace with local Arabs.

Speaking to Israel National News, Hotovely said that obviously the two-state solution is a non-starter, and has been for over a decade. But she blasted the right-wing nationalist camp for failing to produce an alternative, and instead simply trying to maintain the status quo and make no real decisions in either direction.

"The decision of the nationalist camp 'not to decide' brings us to the current standoff," said Hotovely. "We have to exercise sovereignty over all of the areas of Judea and Samaria, but we have never said that we are talking about our own land. This is our weakness."

Hotovely noted that the left-wing's solution is to build a wall and surrender Judea and Samaria so they don't have to look at or deal with the Arabs. The Likud and its right-wing allies can prove that they are actually more progressive and humane by treating the Arabs differently.

The rookie MK's proposal is for Israel to annex Judea and Samaria and be very blunt with the international community that these are and always have been Jewish lands. Then, Israel should extend upgraded residency status to all the Arabs living there, with the opportunity to become full citizens based on national service and other considerations.

At the same time, a concerted effort to attract greater Jewish immigration from Europe and America must be made.

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