Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday has declared he will work to amend the National Service law, so young people can no longer do their National Service in B’tselem.
Hagai El-Ad, executive director of ultra-leftist-anarchist NGO B’Tselem said in that meeting that “Israel cannot call itself a democracy while occupying another people.”
“In a meeting yesterday in the UN Security Council, the B’Tselem and Americans for Peace Now organizations joined the chorus of smears against Israel, and recycled the false claim that ‘the occupation and the settlements’ are the reason for the conflict,” Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page.
“The truth is that the Palestinians attacked Israel for 50 years before there was a single settlement,” his comments continued. “They continue to attack Israel from the Gaza Strip, even after we left it entirely. They attack us from Judea and Samaria, while demanding not only these lands, but also the right to return to Jaffa, Acre, and Haifa. These demands are backed by murderous incitement that has been directed against us since the state’s founding.
“These facts prove that the root of the conflict is not ‘the occupation and the settlements,’ but rather the ongoing Palestinian refusal to recognize a Jewish state in any borders,” continued the prime minister.
“Yesterday in the Security Council, the chair of B’Tselem urged action against Israel. What these organizations cannot obtain in democratic elections in Israel, they try to obtain through international compulsion. This is an improper act.
“Even ephemeral and ridiculous organizations like B’Tselem find expression in Israeli democracy,” Netanyahu said “But most of the public knows the truth. We will continue to protect justice and our state before all international pressures.”
Netanyahu has declared he will work to amend the National Service law, so young people can no longer do their National Service in B’tselem. He has already spoken to Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit on the matter. Mandelblit responded that amending the law is possible and legal.
Such a ban was already attempted a few years ago by the National Service Administration, but the Justice Ministry demanded legal proofs and insisted the ban be revoked.