A sober statement from Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai, when asked to comment on reports of Palestinians celebrating yesterday’s shootings in Tel Aviv:
We might be the only country in the world where another nation is under occupation without civil rights.
The problem is that when there is no terrorism, no one talks about [the occupation] . . . Nobody has the guts to take a step towards trying to make some kind of [final status] arrangement. We are 49 years into an occupation that I was a participant in, and I recognise the reality and know that leaders need courage to not just talk.
We need to show our neighbours that we really intend to return to a reality of a smaller Jewish state with a solid Jewish majority.
You cannot continue to keep people in a situation where they are under your occupation and expect them to come to the conclusion that everything is fine.
The reality has to change for the worse in order for [our] awareness to change to the point where [we understand] that we have to evacuate.