Bill Maher Asks Netanyahu if Israel 'Would Have to Become an Apartheid State' if Jews Became a Minority

Chris Menahan
Oct. 15, 2022

HBO host Bill Maher asked former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday if Jews becoming a demographic minority in Israel would necessitate Israel becoming "an apartheid state."


"The critics of Israel here in America and some in your own country, talk about the fact that Israel is kind of a population time bomb and that if 51 percent of Israel would become Arab -- because you do have Arab citizens who are actually treated better in Israel with more rights and more freedoms than they are in their own and other Arab countries -- but if 51 percent of Israel became Arab then you would have to become an apartheid state," Maher said. "Is that something that you think about as much as your critics do?"

Netanyahu responded that only "about 20 percent of Israel's population is Arabs" and insisted it's not an issue because their "demographic balance" is being "maintained."

The "critics" Maher talked about echoing this "Great Replacement" theory include Netanyahu himself, who has been warning about the "demographic threat" since at least 2003.

From Haaretz, Dec 18, 2003, "Netanyahu: Israel's Arabs Are the Real Demographic Threat":
"If there is a demographic problem, and there is, it is with the Israeli Arabs who will remain Israeli citizens," [Netanyahu] said. The Declaration of Independence said Israel should be a Jewish and democratic state, but to ensure the Jewish character was not engulfed by demography, it was necessary to ensure a Jewish majority, he said.

If Israel's Arabs become well integrated and reach 35-40 percent of the population, there will no longer be a Jewish state but a bi-national one, he said.
Netanyahu took this "threat" on directly in 2018 by getting a "nation-state law" passed declaring that only Jews have the "right of self-determination" in Israel.

"Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people and they have an exclusive right to national self-determination in it," the law stated.

Netanyahu said the law, which also stripped Arabic of its designation as an official language, was passed to "ensure our state's Jewish character for generations to come."

Americans wanting their country's "demographic balance" to be "maintained" is "white supremacy" but Israel wanting the same is a necessity!

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