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Nasrallah urges Arabs to evacuate Haifa

According to AP, Nasrallah is calling on Israeli Arabs to leave Haifa:  “I have a special message to the Arabs of Haifa, to your martyrs and to your wounded. I call on you to leave this city. I hope you do this. … Please leave so we don’t shed your blood, which is our blood.” 

Revisionist nonsense (thoroughly debunked here) aside, it was such calls by populist Arab leaders back in 1948 that led many Palestinians to make the greatest mistake of their lives.  Seems Nasrallah wishes history to repeat, although most Israeli Arabs are not so willing to forsake life in a democracy for the alternative.

Such talk is also reminiscent of Nasrallah’s comments that “If they (Jews) all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.”

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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