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Submitted by Maurice (Israel), Feb 13, 2009 at 11:50

Who won in the Israeli elections? it depends on which party, and ideology one might be supporting.

Obviously, the three front runners all think they won, especially Lieberman's Israel Beitanu party. In respect to making Israeli Arabs take a loyalty oath, excuse me, but don't Americans take a loyalty oath almost daily, especially children when they say the Pledge of Allegiance in their schools?

When Israeli Arabs, especially the Muslim ones, wave Palestinian flags and shout anti-Israeli slogans it doesn't appear they are very loyal, even though they are better off as a whole than they would be under an oppressive - and highly corrupt - Palestinian government. And most of them know they are better off, even though they do not often have the same opportunities as their Jewish counterparts.

Some kind of loyalty oath should be required for both Jews and non-Jews alike. It may not have to be to a Jewish national state, but it should be to a national state they are living in. Who knows? Maybe the Americans had a point when they separated religion from the state at the beginning. And although not perfect by any means, this appears to work.

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