Israel demands 250 billion Arabs for expulsion of Jews
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The estimate was released pending the announcement of the long-awaited peace plan by the Trump administration, according to the report.
The Libyan exile David Gerbi prays at the Dar Bishi synagogue in Tripoli on October 1, 2011. Gerbi and his family fled Tripoli in 1967 when an Arab-Israeli war angered the Jewish state and led to attacks against the Jews in his neighborhood. Gaddafi expelled the remaining 38,000 Libyan Jews. (photo credit: REUTERS / SUHAIB SALEM)
Israel plans to claim some $ 250 billion in compensation from seven Arab and Muslim countries for property left behind by Jews who were forced to flee their homes in 1948 when Israel was created.
In a speech on Hadashot on Saturday, Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel said: "The time has come to correct the historic injustice" against Jews in Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Iraq, in Syria, Egypt, Yemen and Iran – the country from which the Jews were expelled.
Gamliel told Hadashot that she would coordinate efforts to obtain compensation.
Israel's official estimate of the value of Jewish property lost when Jewish communities left these countries would be $ 250 billion. Of this sum, $ 35 billion comes from Tunisia and another $ 15 billion from Libya. Details of amounts from other countries will soon be published, according to the report.
The estimate was released in anticipation of the announcement of the long-awaited peace plan by the Trump administration, according to the report. The US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, announced Sunday that the peace plan would be revealed only in "several months" (henceforth, with the mortgage of early elections)
Israel should demand compensation for Jewish property left in Arab-Muslim countries as a precondition for a regional peace agreement, based on the 2010 Israeli law stipulating that any peace agreement with Arab countries or Iran is subject to individual attribution of compensation to Jews and / or Jewish communities for what they lost in 1948.
Secret Jewish property valuations in Morocco, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Iran and Yemen have been carried out over the past 18 months, the report said.