“The more affluent and more established Israel’s Arab population has become, the stronger its Palestinian identification to the point of openly challenging the fundamental principles underpinning Israel’s existence”

MIDDLE EAST QUARTERLY
The Conundrum of Israeli-Arab Citizenship
by Mordechai Nisan
Summer 2020

Issued in the midst of a sustained attempt by the Palestinian Arabs to destroy it at birth, Israel’s 1948 declaration of independence urged them “to participate in the upbuilding of the state on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions.” The invitation to these inveterate foes to be fellow citizens was based on the belief that once their aggression had been defeated, they would resign themselves to a minority status in the nascent Jewish state. Seventy-two years on, the fulfillment of this assumption seems as remote as ever. READ MORE

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