Debate between Haaretz staffers and MK Shuli Mualem

At conference held by Haaretz, Jewish Home faction chair asks editor why stone-throwing terror in Judea and Samaria is not covered by paper.

Mordechai Sones,

MK Mualem addressing Haaretz editor
MK Mualem addressing Haaretz editor
צילום: יח"צ

The Haaretz newspaper held a conference at the Beit Berl College on the question of Judea and Samaria's annexation.

MK Shuli Mualem Refaeli, MKs Aida Toma Suleiman (Joint List), Yoav Kish (Likud), former MK Haim Oron, and journalists Ravit Hecht and Gideon Levy, a radical leftist, participated in one of the sessions.

Ravit Hecht, a Haaretz journalist, attacked the Jewish Home chairman, saying, "You call yourself someone who cares about social legislation, you need to see the financial data of these settlements, or as you call them, villages, which are a huge economic burden on the state. The budgets allocated to preserve the lives of those who chose to live there could be redirected to other sectors."

"You're performing cheap demagoguery here," MK Mualem Refaeli replied and turned to Aluf Benn, Haaretz's news editor.

"The time has come for you to change your perception. On the roads of Judea and Samaria, on the way to Gush Etzion where I live, they throw stones and firebombs. With great regret, I do not see this receive priority or even expression in your newspaper. Our lives are basically worthless to you. If you want to go for numbers, fine. Note that most of the Jews killed in terrorist attacks in recent years were not in Judea and Samaria. Must I remind you of the period when buses would explode in Tel Aviv?! The State of Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people and Judea and Samaria and its Jewish residents are an inseparable part of it," said Muallem Refaeli.

She added, "I represent the perception that there is no way to be an occupier in one's own land, and as far as I'm concerned, we should go towards application of Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria. The time has come for you to realize that the concepts you speak about are no longer accepted by the majority of the Israeli public. Not the two-state solution, not peace, nor the demographic threat that gets waved about from time to time."

Gideon Levy, who attacks residents of Judea and Samaria in many of his articles, said, "Thanks to Shuli, her friends, and the settlement enterprise, the two-state solution is no longer achievable, it's a beautiful and breathtaking solution, but it's no longer possible. The question now is whether the one state here will be apartheid or democratic - where we also stand in silence on the Nakba and we'll have a Palestinian prime minister and chief of staff. If I have to choose between the two options, I prefer the democratic state, and do not think that today the State of Israel is a democratic state, that state is an illusion."

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