(JNS.org) Days after “Nakba Day” (“Day of Catastrophe”)—the annual Palestinian commemoration of displacement in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at his Sunday cabinet meeting, “Anyone who views the establishment of Israel as a catastrophe does not want peace.”
Netanyahu cited a recent survey by the Anti-Defamation League that revealed Palestinian-controlled territories to be home to the world’s highest concentration of anti-Semitism. In the survey, 93 percent of respondents from the West Bank and Gaza held anti-Semitic views.
“This unfortunate fact is the result of incessant incitement by the Palestinian Authority, distorting the image of Israel and the image of the Jewish people, as we have seen in other places in the past,” Netanyahu said. The fact that Palestinians “regard the existence and establishment of the state of Israel as a catastrophe” must be corrected, he added.