Meretz MK refuses to apologize for saying that the children of the settlers should be taken away

Meretz MK Mossi Raz declined to apologize on Wednesday after he requested that the children of Itai Zar, one of the founders of the Havat Gilad outpost, be taken and handed over to an adoptive family on Israeli soil on Tuesday.

During an interview with Army Radio on Tuesday, Zar questioned why his children “need to suffer” as the government does not provide infrastructure to the outposts, and Raz responded that “welfare services must take their children and bring them from I return to Israel and live with an adoptive family. “

After Raz made the statement, he was incorrectly quoted as saying that all children in the outposts must be separated from their parents and turned over to adoptive families. On Wednesday, Raz told 103FM that the misquote was due to an error by Army Radio’s digital equipment and that the misquote had since been removed.

During the interview on Wednesday, Raz stated that “maybe [he] should not have said “the statement about taking away the children of Zar. Raz insisted that there was a big difference between his statement specifically against the children of Zar and the quote that claimed that he had made the statement against the children of all the settlers in outposts. “

The Meretz MK refused to apologize for the statement, saying “come on, we are talking about a criminal, I generally said something that is not pleasant, what is the problem?” Raz stated that he does not actually believe that Zar’s children should be taken and agreed that the children should not have been part of the discussion.

Men working on the roof of a house under construction at the Havat Gilad outpost, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, on November 5, 2013. REUTERS / Nir Elias / File Photo (Credit: REUTERS / NIR ELIAS )

During the Army Radio interview on Tuesday, Zar expressed his outrage that Bedouin villages that were built illegally were receiving infrastructure, while some settlements in the West Bank were not.

“We serve in the army, we serve the country, we pay taxes, we love the country, we are Zionists,” Zar told Army Radio, adding that they were “sent by the state” to build the outpost.

“We want simple things. We want electricity, water, a bus station, sidewalks, security, simple and humane things,” said Zar, noting that the government is already giving these things to Bedouin villages in southern Israel.

Raz told Army Radio that the situation in the settlements and the situation in the Bedouin villages was different, because the settlements were illegally built outside the territory in which Israel has sovereignty, while the Bedouin villages were illegally built within the area in the that Israel has sovereignty.

The Meretz MP stated that he supported the West Bank places receiving electricity and water, but only after an agreement was reached with the Palestinians. “I will not give water or electricity to criminals,” Raz said.

After Raz’s comments, the head of the Samaria Regional Council, Yossi Dagan, visited the kindergarten in Havat Gilad on Tuesday and said: “I came here to Havat Gilad, this lovely young settlement. [outpost], to distribute popsicles to the most wonderful boys and girls in the country, especially compared to guys like Mossi Raz and his delusional friends on the far left. “

“We certainly will not put any child up for adoption, not even from the far left, and everyone should educate their children however they want, and we will add love and not hate,” Dagan added. “We will build the Land of Israel, establish more youth settlements and authorize youth settlements.”

Dagan added that the children at the outpost deserve electricity and water and “certainly not insults and terrible statements like those heard today.”

“I call on Mossi Raz and his friends: keep talking like this because the public understands by virtue of this why these places should be authorized and why there is nothing fairer than organizing the youth settlement in Judea and Samaria. We will build the Earth of Israel, and we will hit you with a smile and joy and with much sweetness. “

The Youth Settlements Forum stated that “the welfare services must get the children out of Mossi Raz’s house so that they do not become disgusting people like him.”

The NGO Peace Now expressed its support for Raz, saying that “The ugly attack by the settler leaders against the MK Mossi Raz, based on a distorted quote, is a new height of hypocrisy.”

“There does not appear to be a red line that the false and whiny campaign to authorize criminal conduct and illegal outposts (under the laundered name Young Settlement) will not cross. Those who work to thwart a future deal while committing everyday crimes, loot. lands and provide support for violence – you shouldn’t dare to preach morality, “said Paz Now.

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