Israeli advocate says one-state solution would lead to ‘destruction’ of Jewish state

Israel advocate Elliott Mendes said on Tuesday that a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would ensure the destruction of the Jewish state. 

“A one-state solution is the destruction of the state of Israel,” Mendes, at top official at the Israel Project, a U.S. organization advocating for Israel, told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on “Rising.”

“Palestinian Arabs who live inside Israel are afforded rights. There are Israeli-Arabs who serve in the Knesset,” he continued. “Israel is going to the elections on April 9, and there will be Israeli-Arabs, once again, elected to serve in their government.” 

“In no Arab nation in the Middle East are Jews afforded those same rights,” he said. 

The Trump administration has been largely supportive of Israel, even taking the controversial step last year to move the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 

Israelis see the ancient city as their capital, while Palestinians view east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state

Former CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill sparked backlash late last year when he called for a boycott on Israel at the United Nations, calling for a “free Palestine from the river to the sea.”

The phrase “from the river to the sea” has been used by anti-Israel terror organizations. 

“The language ‘from the river to the sea,’ it’s deeply troubling, and it reflects a desire to not coexist with the Israelis that live there but to push them into the sea,” Mendes said on Tuesday. 

— Julia Manchester

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