David Saltiel: “The Palestinians are not Israel’s enemy. It’s Hamas”

The President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece David Saltiel spoke on the show “Ertnews Update” about the ongoing conflict in the Middle East and the agreement to release Israeli hostages.

Regarding the agreement on the Hamas hostages, he stressed the importance, for both parties and the state of Israel, of securing the release of as many hostages as possible. He emphasized that there is still a significant journey ahead for the complete liberation of all the prisoners, who include civilians of all ages – infants, older women, men, and children.

On the topic of the two-state scenario, he suggested that it’s not a question of whether Israel desires it, but rather if the Arab world genuinely seeks peace in Israel. He reiterated the stance of the state of Israel, stating that the Palestinians are not viewed as enemies, but rather it’s Hamas that poses a threat. He attributed the current challenges and disasters to the actions of extremist organizations, clarifying that innocent Palestinians become victims in such situations.

Lastly, he praised Greece’s stance, commending its recognition of Israel’s right to self-defense and labeling Hamas as a terrorist organization. He highlighted the positive aspect of Greece not experiencing significant or extreme instances of antisemitism.


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