Netanyahu: Israel is a state exclusively for the Jewish people

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to members of the foreign media during the annual toast for the new year in Jerusalem January 14, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, considered that “Israel is a state of the Jewish people only, the national state of its people.

Netanyahu said on Sunday that “Israel is not a state for all its citizens, but the national state of the Jewish people only.”

“There is no problem with the Arab citizens, they are equal in rights,” Netanyahu claimed on his account at the Ingrid website, claiming that the Likud government was more interested in Arab society than any other government.

Netanyahu’s comments came in response to criticism by a television presenter of the government’s policies toward Arab citizens.

At the opening of the weekly cabinet session, Netanyahu addressed the tension in the south with the Gaza Strip. “Although this is terrorism perpetrated by rogue people, it does not absolve Hamas,” he said.

The Israeli prime minister added: “I have heard that a broad process is not in the mind and I say: do not test our patience.”

Naftali Bennett, Netanyahu’s partner in the current right-wing government, said that the Israeli response should aim to strengthen Hamas rather than contain it.

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