- Netanyahu Suggested to U.S. Moving Israeli Arabs to Future Palestinian State, Sources Say
by Amir Tibon and Noa Landau The prime minister’s office hasn’t denied Netanyahu’s involvement, saying in a statement that ‘Decisions on what will be included in Mideast peace plan were made by the U.S. administration’
WASHINGTON – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu encouraged the Trump administration to add to its Mideast plan a provision raising the possibility that Israel’s Arab citizens living in an area of Israel known as “The Triangle” would be stripped of their Israeli citizenship and forced to live under Palestinian rule, sources involved in the talks between Israel and the U.S. have said.
Numerous sources who were involved in the discussions between Israel and the U.S. over the so-called “Deal of the Century” unveiled last week in Washington told Haaretz that Netanyahu first discussed this idea with the Trump administration in July 2017, when Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, was visiting Israel. Netanyahu’s office hasn’t denied his involvemet in the matter, saying that decision on what the plan will include were made by the White House, which declined to comment.
The final 181-page document mentions this idea, stating that Arab-Israeli citizens residing in a cluster of towns along the Green Line (the pre-1967 borders of Israel) that was given to Israel as part of the 1949 Armistice agreement, could become citizens of a future Palestinian state and lose their Israeli citizenship. The plan suggests that these towns, which are home to more than 200,000 Israeli citizens, could become “part of the State of Palestine,” assuming that such a state will be established.