MK Bezalel Smotrich calls on state to pay Arab residents of Israel and Judea and Samaria to voluntarily emigrate abroad • “This is not a transfer,” he emphasizes • “National aspirations? Palestinians? Not here. Not at our expense,” he states
A new plan put forward by Habayit Hayehudi MK Bezalel Smotrich would see the government pay Arab residents of Israel and Judea and Samaria to voluntary emigrate abroad.
Smotrich will present his plan at a National Union conference next week, where he believes the party will adopt it.
“This is not a transfer,” Smotrich stressed. “Some 20,000 Palestinians already leave Judea and Samaria every year. Surveys they themselves conduct reveal that 30% aspire to relocate abroad. I will help them with this, fairly, with full monetary compensation, and not by force. It will be cheaper than the wars and military operations [we see] every few years.”
Smotrich’s plan also calls for the dissolution of the Palestinian Authority, imposing Israeli law over Judea and Samaria, increasing Jewish settlement activity in the area to match population growth, and in general to “erase the paradigm of the Palestinian state from public consciousness and on the ground.”
According to Smotrich, “It is not desperation that motivates terrorism, but hope, whose main expression is the Palestinian state. This is what I want to destroy. … There will not be peace as long as we preserve the concept that this land is destined to contain two collectives with conflicting national aspirations. There is room here to define and realize the national aspirations of one people only — the Jewish people. This is just. This is moral. This is what will be and it is not open to negotiation. This hope of theirs is the mother of all sin. National aspirations? Palestinians? Not here. Not at our expense.”
Smotrich instead says the Arabs that choose to remain in Judea and Samaria will have two options: “Anyone who chooses to remain here as a private person will enjoy a much better life than his relatives and friends in the Arab countries or … under the corrupt administration of the PA.”
Smotrich said he would initially offer them the administration of their local municipalities and grant them a number of rights, but they would not be allowed to vote in Knesset elections. The attitudes of those that remain would be examined for a period of 30 years, after which they would be eligible to receive a series of other rights, including the right to vote in general elections, on the condition they first serve in the IDF.
As for those who stay and continue to wage war against Israel, Smotrich says Israel must win.