This week, Israel’s Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, proposed that only those who have performed military or national service be entitled to serve in Israel’s diplomatic corps. The effect would be to exclude almost two entire sectors of Israeli society – Arab citizens and the ultra-orthodox. YNet reports the story here.
Meretz chair Chaim Oron called on PM Netanyahu to, “remove the Foreign Minister from his position”. Oron explained: “At the head of Israel’s diplomatic front is a man who is clueless when it comes to civics and democracy. Lieberman is operating daily to foment discord with Israel’s Arab citizens and to isolate Israel from the international community”.
Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz declared that, “Lieberman continues to incite against entire sectors of Israeli society, out of crass racism and discrimination, without offering them any real path toward social integration.” Horowitz proposed a comprehensive national service program that would allow all Israelis to enjoy equal rights based on equal civic obligations.
For more on the Meretz website, click here.