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A question of reciprocity?

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Submitted by Saikat Biswas (United Kingdom), Jun 22, 2006 at 15:25

Dr Pipes, I should like to ask you a question as an outside observer. Over the years, Israel has made a supremely commendable effort in assimilating Palestinian Arabs into the populace. The Arab Israelis enjoy as much social, economic and religious freedom as their Jewish counterparts. Such magnanimity may not be entirely successful in removing the inveterate hatred of Islamists, but how do you think the average Palestinian views the predicament of the Arab Israelis?

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As I indicated at "'The Hell of Israel Is Better than the Paradise of Arafat'," there is widespread understanding that Israel is a far more decent place to live than anywhere else in the neighborhood.

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