Israel’s first Arab minister, Science, Technology, Culture, and Sports Minister Raleb Majadele told Ynet Thursday, “I see the appointment as a historic precedent. I couldn’t refuse this opportunity.” The newly appointed minister did not fail to see the connection between Defense Minister Amir Peretz’s shaky position and his appointment. “The move undoubtedly created sympathy for Amir Peretz amongst the Arab public,” he said. Majadele referred to the inevitable meeting with Lieberman and said, “It’s not an easy situation, but we will deal with it.”You can be as cynical as you want about Peretz being in the fight of his political life and using Majadele as a pawn to score cheap political points, but a government representative of the South African apartheid state would never have considered using the "other" as currency in which to purchase any political brownie points. And by the way; just how many Jews or Domi sit in the Palestinian legislature?
Majadele told Ynet that he was approached after former Minister Ofir Pines-Paz resigned, but that he was very hesitant and only made his decision after being approached a second time, and after having consulted with friends. “I believe this is a precedent that will be written in the history of Israeli society,” he said. According to him, even those in the Knesset that dislike him would call it a great move.
“I hope that after this, more steps will follow. I hope that Amir Peretz’s political plan changes the situation and removes barriers,” Majadele said. The new minister also mentioned a time when he made the unpopular move of joining former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. “At one time Rabin said to break the arms and legs of Palestinians. The Arabs hated him,” he said. “Then they cried for him because he gave equality as prime minister, as well as peace. People cried because the Arabs lost him,” he explained. “They didn’t forget what he had said in the past, but they remembered what he gave as a prime minister.”
Thursday, January 11, 2007
About that Apartheid State
The advantage of being my age is that I can remember quite clearly how the South African apartheid system not only ticked, but worked. The Palestinian demagogues and their supporters frequently smear Israel as the new apartheid state, but the thing is the old South African apartheid state would never have done this: (Taken from Ynet News)