On Thursday, Israel’s new deputy foreign minister lashed out at the international community with a direct, defiant message that Israel belonged to the Jewish people.
“We need to return to the basic truth of our rights to this country,” 36-year-old Tzipi Hotovely said in an inaugural address to diplomats. “This land is ours. All of it is ours. We did not come here to apologise for that.”
Hotovely, the newly elected deputy foreign minister, is an Orthodox Jew and referenced several biblical excerpts in her speech in which God promised Israel to the Jews.
“We expect as a matter of principle of the international community to recognise [sic] Israel’s right to build homes for Jews in their homeland, everywhere,” Hotovely said. Her speech showed support of the West Bank settlements' right to global recognition, a view that is widely opposed, according to The Guardian. The U.S., as well as many other countries, have pushed for a two-state resolution between Israel and Palestine for some time. In fact, Pope Francis recently recognized Palestine as its own separate state.
“Many times it seems that in our international relations, more than emphasizing the rightness of our cause, we are asked to use arguments that play well diplomatically,” Hotovely added. “But at a time when the very existence of Israel is being called into question, it is important to be right. The international community deals with considerations of justice and morality. We need to return to the basic truth of our right to this land.”
While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains in charge of Israel’s foreign policy, Hotovely will manage the foreign ministry’s day-to-day functions.
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