- Jan 10, 2007
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That's my point is many Israeli Arabs live and work alongside Israeli Jews. I doubt many would want to live under occupied Palestine vs where they are today in Israel.i think it is important to realize that arabs in Israel can vote. they have political leadership and a political party.
the biggest difference is that there are no arabs/palestinians in the army. this is a huge part of Israeli life. israel exists solely because it has a strong military. cant exactly let "the enemy" serve in your army.
also, if not for religion, then what is the difference between the sephardim and Palestinians? nothing. just a bunch of similiar-skinned people haggling about the price of an item, being way too loud, and complaining any chance they get (this is actually an endearing statement, btw)
the point about Palestinian poverty is a good one, but you cannot dismiss the importance of religion in this conversation. embedded in much of Islamic teaching is indeed martyrdom.
“When peace comes we will perhaps in time be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons, but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons. Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”
― Golda Meir, A Land of Our Own: An Oral Autobiography
Certainly religion plays a role and I don't mean to imply it didn't. But I do think economic prosperity mitigates susceptibility to extremism.
For some counter quotes about the land:
“If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?”
- David Ben-Gurion
“Israel should have exploited the repression of the demonstrations in China, when world attention focused on that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the territories.”
- Netanyahu, 1989