"This land is ours, all of it is ours" says Israeli deputy foreign minister

By AFP
Published: May 22, 2015
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 Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely is opposed to the creation of an independent Palestinian state in the occupied West Bank and in Gaza. PHOTO: AFP

Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely is opposed to the creation of an independent Palestinian state in the occupied West Bank and in Gaza. PHOTO: AFP

JERUSALEM: A top Israeli diplomat, in a video seen by AFP on Friday, has instructed envoys to quote the Bible as giving Jews sovereignty over the entire Holy Land, including the West Bank.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, a deeply religious Jewish woman, was sworn in last week as a member of Israel’s new rightwing government.

The video shows a speech she gave on Thursday to foreign ministry staff in Jerusalem, which local media said was beamed to 106 Israeli missions overseas.

“It is important to say that this land is ours, all of it is ours. We didn’t come here to apologise for this,” she said.

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Religious nationalists like Hotovely support Jewish sovereignty throughout the biblical “Land of Israel” and oppose the creation of an independent Palestinian state in the occupied West Bank and in Gaza, a cornerstone of international proposals to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“The international community deals with considerations of morality and justice. Facing this, we have to return to the basic truth of our right to this land,” she said.

She also quoted a mediaeval Jewish bible scholar’s treatise on the story of creation in the book of Genesis.

A participant at the event told AFP some diplomats were shocked to hear such a senior official lay down scriptural writings as guidelines for Israeli foreign policy.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Engineer
    May 22, 2015 - 6:44PM

    Yes it is very important Israel tells it loudly. The land is theirs and theirs alone. We Indians support Israel. Recommend

  • Saad
    May 22, 2015 - 8:25PM

    @Engineer:
    Get outta here.Recommend

  • Nazi
    May 22, 2015 - 8:30PM

    This land is ours mean whole world…???Recommend

  • @engineer
    May 22, 2015 - 8:48PM

    Yeah we know you indians are oppurtunists. You supported the Palestinian cause before but the arabs gave you nothing you always want something in return as Israel sells and donates you arms and military equipment so you changed sides!Recommend

  • Palestine Supporter
    May 22, 2015 - 11:47PM

    @Engineer:
    OF course you do. You’re an Indian. That’s your job. Even if the matter doesn’t concern you AT ALL, you’re still gonna be an empty minded blind hater. Even though your openion doesn’t count for a single penny.Recommend

  • Someone
    May 23, 2015 - 1:39PM

    @Engineer: A BBC poll from 2014 showed that only 9% of Israelis have a positive view of India, 34% were negative, and 57% neutral. Israel is the fourth-most anti-India nation after Germany (68% negative), Pakistan (58% negative) and Spain (50% negative). They don’t give a dime about you. So much for your love. Lol.Recommend

  • luis nieves
    Jul 12, 2015 - 7:36PM

    @Someone:
    someone:that pole must have been the one up your rear end , because there was no such pollRecommend

  • luis nieves
    Jul 12, 2015 - 7:37PM

    someone: I wonder what part of your body that poll was up.Recommend

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