(Reuters) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday said the Palestinians wanted to form a state devoid of a Jewish population and termed it “ethnic cleansing”, drawing sharp criticism from the United States.

In a video message, Netanyahu said in reference to the removal of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, “The Palestinian leadership actually demands a Palestinian state with one pre-condition: No Jews. There’s a phrase for that: It’s called ethnic cleansing. And this demand is outrageous.”

Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has stated that a future Palestinian state would not permit a single Israeli settler to live within its borders.

After viewing the video clip that was circulated on social media, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said at a briefing in Washington that the Israeli leader’s words were “inappropriate and unhelpful.”

“We obviously strongly disagree with the characterization that those who oppose settlement activity or view it as an obstacle to peace are somehow calling for ethnic cleansing of Jews from the West Bank. We believe that using that type of terminology is inappropriate and unhelpful,” she said.

Most countries view Israeli West Bank settlements as illegal and an obstacle to peace. Israel rejects this, saying Jews have been living in the territory for thousands of years.

The Palestinians hope to establish an independent state in the occupied West Bank, which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war, along with the Hamas-controled Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem as its capital.

Trudeau added in her briefing that the United States feels the settlement policy raises “real questions about Israel’s long-term intentions in the West Bank.”

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Last week, after Israel approved the building of 284 new housing units in West Bank settlements, the United States said the policies could expand settlements in a “potentially unlimited way.”

U.S. officials said the criticism from the U.S. State Department marked the first time it has suggested in public that Israel may be moving towards unlimited settlement expansion on land the Palestinians seek for their state.

The U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the latest language was unusually strong but reflected a change in tone rather than any major shift in U.S. policy.

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Jusuf Begovic
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Jusuf Begovic

the only ones who deserve “ethnic cleansing” is the Zionist paedophile rapists murderers

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Stfu scumbag

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Dr. James Padgett

It doesn’t matter what the person from the State Dept. said….AIPAC runs the U.S. and the U.S. will continue to let Israel get away with atrocities and grossly immoral behavior.

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They’re more moral than all the arab countries around… I reacted a little like you until I began to really get informed… Just read this : The typical Goebbels’ “Big Lie” tactics are used! And you’ve been deceived, my friend! “The ‘palestinian’ people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a “Palestinian” people since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian… Read more »

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@madeniexdan1 Settlements are illegal.

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Brainwashing 6y old kids to make suicide bombers too…

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ErikWar19

nothing new here
just the ignoring of large parts of the world, arguing against apalestina even able to exist without foreign muslimic influence, basicly making palestina a puppet state for terrorism, like hisbollah in libanon.

These worlds of the isreal president cam from the difficulty to differs between isreal settlers and jews…will there be a possibility to livein palestia as jew? like thousands of muslims live in isreal?

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Not thousands but 2 millions arabs live in Israel without any major issue…

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@IsHennie #auspol & this mongrel Zionist terrorist has been invited to come here to Oz by our sycophantic Pro Israel Govt!

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Maybe Mrs.Trudeau should learn about history i.e.
although it was rebranded PLO by Yasser Arafat, his movement was created by his uncle so, lets discover the real founder of PLO :

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A century of palestinian rejectionism and jew hatred :

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And a quote by a prominent PLO official : “The ‘palestinian’ people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a “Palestinian” people since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism. For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa while as a “Palestinian”, I can undoubtely demand… Read more »

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While not condoning Israeli settle politics, it is no different than what Turkey, Syria, Irak and other arabs did against their minorities, which the US is not commenting on. Arabs on West Bank and Gaza already have their quasi states and can be as corrupt as they want in tere.

They have their own institutions, armies and are fundamentalist jihadis for the most part.

Antisemites are quick to condemm Israel, sometimes rightly so, while keeping silent over the much worse practices of muslim countries.

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It’s more than clear… Do you know that you can’t even enter Maldives with a cross around your neck? They have the softest of all sharias, nevertheless… And well, funny fact, when Gaza was under Egyptian control and Judea (west bank) under Jordan control,they hadn’t a single civil right… The Truth is that all these arab states are simply either absolute monarchies or dictature and they go bonkers about the risk of a democratic contamination which would jeopardize their iron boot on the throat of their own people and they go as far as using religion to strenghten their power… Read more »