Tzipi Hotovely
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Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) told Israeli envoys on Thursday to reference the Torah in presenting the historical rights of the Jewish people to the entire land of Israel while representing the state.

In a video seen by AFP on Friday, Hotovely is seen addressing the foreign ministry staff in Jerusalem on Thursday. The speech reportedly 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 apologize for this," she said.

Hotovely has supported Jewish sovereignty in the Biblical heartland of the ancient Jewish state located in Judea and Samaria.

"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," Hotovely emphasized.

Hotovely also quoted the commentary of the famous Jewish scholar Rashi on the book of Genesis, in which he wrote that the Torah begins with describing the creation of the world so that if the nations of the world accuse the Jews of stealing the land of Israel, they can respond that the entire world belongs to G-d and He chose to give Israel to them.

A participant at the event told AFP that a few of the diplomats were surprised to hear Hotovely referencing the Torah to support Israel's right to the land, evidently indicating how such arguments have not been commonplace in the foreign ministry.