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The newly revealed internal EU documents and the younger generation of Israeli Arabs

Reader comment on item: Israel's Arabs, Living a Paradox

Submitted by Pez Dispenser (Israel), Mar 23, 2012 at 04:45

A few weeks ago, an internal EU strategy document was leaked to the public. This document described how the EU should begin to crack down on Israel in regards to her treatment of the Israeli Arab community. (In the odd world we live in, the minority Arabs must receive EU protection and coddling in the democratic state of Israel, but the minorities and moderate Muslims in Arab countries can go take a hike.)

I think that this hints at the next chapter of the far left diplomatic siege on Israel, namely working on emptying out the character of the Jewish State in congruence with the aims of the Higher Monitoring Committee. Therefore, I believe it is in Israel's interest that if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be resolved in the decades ahead that the disputed territories continue to serve as the diplomatic lightning rod for anti-Israel activity (as well as the traditional reasons for holding on to the land), rather than making it easier to move the diplomatic war to Israel's sovereign turf and internal affairs.

Do you agree, Dr. Pipes?

P.S. I've heard reports that there is growing demand for Israeli national service slots among Arabs and not enough supply due to budget constraints. If true, this hints at a growing willingness for assimilation - or at least the desire for upward mobility - among segments of the Israeli Arab population, in contrast to their MK's anti-integration stance. How does this factor into your analysis?


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Keep the focus on the West Bank and Gaza so as to keep it away from Israeli Arabs? No, I don't think that is a good idea. But you will likely get your way, as a solution to the larger Palestinian issue is not coming anytime soon.

I don't know about the Israeli national service situation.

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