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Audio: Exclusive: Benny Begin on the Nakba Day Riots

Benny Begin explains why the PA wants all of Israel, not just Judea & Samaria based on Nakba Day.
5/31/2011, 9:32 AM

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According to Israeli Minister Without Portfolio Benny Begin, the fact that the Arabs commemorate the establishment of the State of Israel, which happened in May 1948, as a “Nakba” (calamity) and do not riot during June, the month in which Israel reclaimed sovereignty over Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem, etc. in 1967 (which anti-Israel propagandists have dubbed the beginning of the “occupation”), proves that they are unwilling to accept a Jewish presence in any part of the Land of Israel.  Begin told Israel National Radio’s Josh Hasten  that over the last several months the PLO, led by Fatah Party head Mahmoud Abbas, has emphatically shown that the Arabs living in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza are not interested in peace, but rather seek to destroy Israel in stages. 

Begin cited the “unity treaty” between Fatah and the radical Islamic terror organization Hamas as the first proof that peace is not on the horizon. He also said that this year’s “Nakba” (calamity) unrest throughout Israel on May 15, which saw the infiltration of Northern Israel by over 100 Syrian radicals, along with riots throughout Judea and Samaria demonstrates the Arabs true intentions.

Begin also said that despite the recent trend of even right-wing politicians accepting the notion of the establishment of a “Palestinian State,” he remains against the formation of such an entity. While admitting that unfortunately his thoughts are from the “old school”, he said that “another sovereign entity established west of the Jordan River [especially a PLO/Hamas State] would contradict the rights of the Jews to our homeland.” Begin added that “our homeland [Israel] doesn’t stop east of the 1949 armistice lines,” and that there is “no historical significance whatsoever” to what is known as “the Green Line.”  He concluded his comments on the matter by stating emphatically that “Judea and Samaria is the cradle of our [the Jewish people’s] history.” And furthermore, maintaining control of the Judea/Samaria highlands is an important “issue of national security,” thus relevant to the safety of all Israelis.

In regards to Israel’s hasbra efforts, Begin said that Israel starts at a disadvantage since the Arabs in the region put a vastly greater amount of funds towards their public relations campaigns. Nevertheless Begin said that it the responsibility of the Israeli government along with private individuals who care about Israel to get out the truth. “We don’t have to sell lies,” he added. “Once they [the people of the world] have the facts, they can morally judge” and realize that we are a just nation.

Josh Hasten is the President of the Bar-Am Public Relations firm based in Jerusalem and the CAMERA organization's 2009 Letter Writer of the Year. He is the founder of, a service which gives pro-Israel advocates the opportunity to improve their chances of getting their ideas published in the media. Josh hosts the Reality Bytes podcast live every Thursday from 9:00 am - 11:00 am Israel time on Arutz Sheva -  Israel National Radio.
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