Netanyahu’s remark that Arabs were being bused ‘in droves’ to polls by foreign-funded NGOs may have been abrasive and inelegant, but is was neither racist nor invalid.
Zionism is nothing more — but also nothing less — than the Jewish people’s sense of origin and destination in the land linked eternally with its name. It is also the instrument whereby the Jewish nation seeks an authentic fulfillment of itself. And the drama is enacted in 20 states comprising a hundred million people in 4 1/2 million square miles, with vast resources. The issue therefore is not whether the world will come to terms with Arab nationalism. The question is at what point Arab nationalism, with its prodigious glut of advantage, wealth and opportunity, will come to terms with the modest but equal rights of another Middle Eastern nation to pursue its life in security and peace — Abba Eban, Israel’s former UN ambassador and foreign minister, 1975
55.9% of [Israeli] Arabs resigned themselves to Israel as a state, with a Jewish majority… [However] resignation… does not mean preference… the Arabs prefer a binational state to a Jewish and democratic state. [N]or does it imply justification of the status quo, since 69.6% of the Arab respondents think that it is not justified that Israel maintains a Jewish majority…. The proportion of Arabs denying Israel’s right to exist as a state was… 11.2% in 2003, and 24.5% in 2012. 82.2% of the Arabs in 2012 accused Jews of the Nakba [the “catastrophe” of Jewish victory in the 1948 Independence War]…The percentage of Arabs holding accommodating and compromising stances has been steadily decreasing and has shrunk to a minority. — Prof. Sami Smooha, in a study of Arab-Jewish Relations in Israel, 2013
Apart from Israel, there is no country in the world that would permit a citizen to act as an adviser to a hostile regime, or let a citizen visit an enemy state and lay a wreath on the grave of a murderous terrorist, or condone the participation of one of its citizens in a symposium devoted to sustaining the war against it. This kind of behavior will eventually generate a response of “defensive democracy” or a “people on the defense” and even result in the abolition of the right of Arab representation — or worse. This is not a threat, it’s a forecast — leftwing publicist Yaron London, Yediot Aharonot, November 26, 2000
The results of the election are in, but the consequences are still far from certain — in terms of both domestic impact and foreign ramifications.
US tax dollars to mobilize Arab vote?
Much is yet in flux. Emotions are still running high.
Some are aghast, some elated at the outcome — at least, so far.
It is still early to predict the composition or durability of the coalition with any confidence. Although a narrow, allegedly right-leaning government seems most likely, it is not implausible that the pig-headed stupidity of potential participants in such a coalition will prevent its formation. Through ill-considered brinkmanship, …read more