“Offer Israeli Arabs Money to Move to Palestinian State: Lieberman”
Reuters, November 28, 2014
“Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman proposed on Friday that Arab citizens of Israel be offered financial incentives to leave the country and relocate to a future Palestinian state. Lieberman, whose ultra-nationalist party is a core part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition, has previously spoken about redrawing borders but not about using sweeteners to encourage Arabs to uproot to a Palestinian state. … Lieberman, one of the most strident voices in favor of the separation of Jews and Arabs, said Palestinians living in Jaffa and Acre, two mixed cities on the Mediterranean coast far from the West Bank, should be encouraged to move if they want. ‘Those (Israeli Arabs) who decide that their identity is Palestinian will be able to forfeit their Israeli citizenship and move and become citizens of the future Palestinian state,’ he wrote in the manifesto, entitled Swimming Against the Stream, published on his Facebook page and his party’s website. ‘Israel should even encourage them to do so with a system of economic incentives,’ he said. … A poll carried out in 2010, after Lieberman addressed the United Nations and set out plans for the borders of a future Palestinian state to be redrawn to include Arab towns in Israel, showed that 58 percent of Israeli Arabs opposed the idea.”
Quickie Analysis: Be it the Alhambra Decree (expelling the Jews from Spain in 1492) or the American Colonization Society (sending freed US slaves to Africa), “encouraging” relocation doesn’t have a very good track record.