Druze Brigadier General (res.) Amal Asad on Wednesday posted on Facebook an attack on the Prime Minister’s proposed legislation that would favor the Druze and Circassian communities, as well as on Netanyahu himself.
The team appointed by the PM on the issue of the Druze community, which includes a respectable lineup of Druze dignitaries, has reached a solution that would include support for the Druze community’s religious, cultural and educational institutions; strengthening of Druze towns and villages, solutions for residential construction, the establishment of new communities as necessary; and the preservation of the Druze heritage (See: Netanyahu, Druze Leaders Reach Deal to End Rift Over Nation-State Law).
Asad wrote in response: “My dear friends, the prime minister, through clerks in his ministry, suggested to the leadership of the Druze community to stop protesting against their humiliation last week. The creative head of the prime minister has invented a new trick – you will remain humiliated and quiet and maybe receive this or that benefit.”
“Maybe it will succeed, maybe the Druze no longer have self-respect and pride, and perhaps the new humiliation will find a sympathetic ear,” Asad wrote.
“There will be a basic law that says that the Jews are masters of the land – even those who do not serve in the army – but there will also be another, regular law that says to the non-Jews: If you serve in the army you will receive ‘benefits,'” he continued, concluding: “Your proposal is even more humiliating than the Nationality Law nation itself, which is an evil and racist law designed to enable the State of Israel to become an apartheid state.”
The Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People, enacted July 19 by a majority of 62 to 55 with 2 abstaining, establishes the constitutionality of the three historic Zionist principles: the free return of the Jews to the land of our fathers; the free settlement of Jews everywhere in Israel; and the miraculously revived Hebrew as the official language of the Jewish State. Calling these principles racist and part of an apartheid policy is tantamount to attacking the very existence of a Jewish State.
Amal Asad, 63, fought in the paratroopers corps in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and was injured in his eye by a shrapnel. He fought in the first Lebanon War and then, as commander of the Menashe Division, was extremely effective in cutting down the terror infrastructure in Judea and Samaria.
In 1999 he was appointed deputy chairman of the Likud election headquarters. Later he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Israel Military Industries, the Board of Directors of the Airports Authority, CEO of Tirek Tire Recycling Ltd, and, finally, IAI’s board of directors.
However, in March 2017, Asad was arrested together with 12 others on suspicion of conspiring to commit a crime, money laundering, fraud and breach of trust.