Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's statement that the Palestinian Authority is demanding "ethnic cleansing" and a state free of Jews continues to make waves. In Sunday's cabinet meeting, National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud) voiced his support for Netanyahu.
"It's not the prime minister who is talking about ethnic cleansing. The prime minister's remarks reflect what the Palestinians themselves are saying," Steinitz said. "[The Palestinians] talk about ethnic cleansing in their own school system and speeches. Netanyahu told the truth."
Steinitz continued that "when the Palestinians talk about being 'cleansed' of Jews, they don't mean just [in] Judea and Samaria, but rather the entire country."
On Sunday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas issued his first response to Netanyahu's comments.
"Israel is the one that is ethnically cleansing the Palestinians," Abbas said in a speech in honor of the Eid al-Adha holiday.
Abbas said that "Israel is isolated internationally, because it has no interest in moving the peace process ahead, even by one step."
This is a lightly edited version of the original article published by Israel Hayom at http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=36339