The Right Coast
February 18, 2004
Israeli Arabs Like Freedom in the Zionist Entity
By Mike Rappaport
Israeli Arabs are upset that Prime Minister is considering ceding their community to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. While the rhetoric of Israel’s critics throughout the world would appear to suggest these Arabs would prefer being ruled by their fellow Arabs, they don’t, according to this story:
The idea of ceding some of these population centers appeals to many Jewish Israelis, who fear that the Arabs, with their higher birthrate, eventually will outnumber the Jews in Israel. In 50 years, the Israeli-Arab population has increased from 160,000 to 1.2 million; there are 5 million Jews in Israel.
"Mr. Sharon seems to want us to join an unknown state that doesn't have a parliament, or a democracy, or even decent universities," said Mr. Allo, who studied law and social anthropology at predominantly Jewish colleges in Haifa and Netanya.