Israeli leaders have sharply criticized Bill Clinton over comments the former U.S. president made on September 22 calling Russian immigrants in Israel an obstacle to peace.
Clinton, who is generally a well-loved figure in Israel for his efforts to broker a Mideast peace deal in the 1990s, also said at a round-table group this week in New York that the most recent arrivals in Israel have the hardest time agreeing to share the land with the Palestinians.
“An increasing number of the young people in the IDF (Israel Defense Force) are the children of Russians and settlers, the hardest-core people against a division of the land. This presents a staggering problem,” Clinton said. “It’s a different Israel. Sixteen percent of Israelis speak Russian.”
Clinton knows of what he speaketh.
Not only are these Russian emigres hard asses and among the most brutal IDF soldiers, most are not even Jews!
The state of Israel looked the other way when Palestinian demography threatened to overtake them.
The solution: bring in the Russkies.It is estimated less than one quarter were Jewish. But they got Israeli citizenship while the original displaced inhabitants, Palestinians were denied the right of return.
They were brought in simply to buttress the Occupation.
Bill Clinton is right.