Former defense minister apologizes for statement against Israeli-Arabs

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Former defense minister apologizes for statement against Israeli-Arabs
Joint List faction chairman Ahmad Tibi called what Ya'alon said dangerous and said it encourages Jews to harm Arabs.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
MAY 23, 2021

Former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon acknowledged that his statement saying “Arab Israelis would slaughter us if we were weak,” was inciteful and discriminatory, and walked back his words. “In the interview [with KAN’s Reshet Bet], I emphasized the importance of the integration of Israeli Arabs into Israeli society, and the vast majority of them want it,” he clarified. “I made it clear that the government should work to integrate them. It is clear that if we were not strong, there would also be no agreements with our neighbors, and they would also slaughter us, as before the establishment of the state. “It is good that we live in a strong country that also does not need Ben-Gvir militias to defend itself. Our power brings with it confidence in the continued existence of the Jewish state, but also responsibility toward the Arab citizens of the state.”

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