Israeli prime minister apologises for racist comments

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has issued a public apology for his comments in last week’s election that ‘Arabs are heading toward the polls in droves,’ in an attempt to incentivize the voters. The statement has met with controversy from many sectors, including that of United States President Barack Obama, who said that Netanyahu’s rhetoric ‘erodes the meaning of democracy in the country.’

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has issued a public apology for his comments in last week’s election that ‘Arabs are heading toward the polls in droves,’ in an attempt to incentivize the voters. The statement has met with controversy from many sectors, including that of United States President Barack Obama, who said that Netanyahu’s rhetoric ‘erodes the meaning of democracy in the country.’

Netanyahu has apologized for his comments, saying that he considers himself the ‘Prime Minister of all Israeli citizens,’ including Arab sector, which he claimed he made large investments in. The apology however, was not accepted by Joint List, a coalition of Israel’s Arab party.

Joint List spokesperson Emilie Moatti called Netanyahu and his government racist, and claimed that the apology was nothing more than an ‘empty gesture.’

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