Trump advisor against expelling Jews

Trump advisor negates claim that sovereignty in Judea and Samaria would ruin Israel's Jewish identity.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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David Friedman, Trump's top advisor, came out against claims that Jewish rule in Judea and Samaria would hurt the rest of Israel's Jews by diluting the Jewish character of the country.

"Right now, 75% of the population within the Green Line is Jewish," Friedman said, in a video publicized by Channel 2. "There are 400,000 Jews in Judea and Samaria, as well as another 400,000 in eastern Jerusalem. And it's funny, but the Arab birthrate is declining."

According to Friedman, there is a trend of Arabs leaving Judea and Samaria, with their names remaining on the property deeds.

"So if you ask 10 different statisticians how many Arabs live in Judea and Samaria, none of them will be able to give you the correct answer. It could be that no one knows," he said.

"According to most calculations, if you take all of Israel, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, and you include all of Judea and Samaria, Jews will make up at least 65% of the population," Friedman noted.

He also added that, "The claim that if Jews rule Judea and Samaria, the State of Israel will no longer be a Jewish state is not true. That's not what the numbers are showing. If we look at the numbers, it'll be obvious that the idea that we have to give up Judea and Samaria in order to keep Israel's Jewish nature is simply not true."

Tomorrow, PM Netanyahu is set to meet with Donald Trump, as well as Hillary Clinton, in New York.