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Thursday, March 18, 2004

Arab Israelis
The Powerline guys have a very interesting story about Arabs living in Israel near the new fence. It seems they prefer living in Israel.

Quoting Powerline's quote from the blog Cali-Carolina which was quoting Newsday:

As Israel built its West Bank security fence here about a year ago, it planned a route to separate Jabarin's family from Israel, leaving them and their land to the prospect of future rule by a Palestinian state.

Jabarin said no.

"We fought them to be inside of the fence, and they moved it so we are still in Israel."

And he's not alone. "A poll of Arabs in towns near here last month found that 90 percent preferred to remain in Israel, and 73 percent said they would violently resist being forced out. The Arab Center for Applied Social Research, based in Haifa, said 43 percent of those polled preferred to remain Israeli because Israel is their homeland and 33 percent because of the country's higher standard of living."

I don't know what to say. Everything I read says the Arabs hate Israel, and are committed to destroying it. Which leads me to 2 conclusions: 1) They hate Israel, but not as much as they like the standard of living and personal ties to the land, 2) Arab emnity towards Israel is not as widespread or vehement as I'm reading it is.

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