The Disloyalty of the Israeli-Arab Leadership


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On January 11, 2007 Tibi participated in a large gathering in Ramallah which marked the 42nd year of the founding of Fatah.  Tibi called upon Fatah’s terrorists to continue their struggle against Israel , “Until all of the Palestinian land is freed.”  And, he used the occasion to accuse Israel of murdering Arab babies saying, “They want to eliminate the Palestinian children, the women and the elderly, en route to the elimination of the ideas of Palestinian freedom and liberty.”  In September 2011, Tibi served as a member of the Palestinian Authority’s UN delegation, led by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, during which it submitted its request for UN acceptance of “Palestine “as a full member state.

It was during the Second Lebanon War in 2006 that the Arab-Israeli leadership lost all restraints regarding their hostility to the Jewish State. Many Israeli-Jews who had hoped that the improved socio-economic conditions of Israeli-Arabs (whose lifestyles are far better than that of other Arabs throughout the Middle East), would help to insure their loyalty to the State.  The lessons of this war included the realization by Israeli-Jews that what the Israeli-Arabs wanted was the destruction of the Jewish character of Israel. A poll conducted by Haifa University on March 18, 2007, and reported in the left-leaning Ha’aretz newspaper, indicated that 48 percent of Arab-Israelis believed that Hezbollah’s rocket attacks on towns in northern Israel during that war were justified, even though numerous Arabs were killed and wounded in those attacks. The poll also showed that 28 percent of Israeli-Arabs did not believe the Holocaust happened and, among high school and college graduates, the figure was even higher – at 33%.  89 percent said they viewed Israel’s bombing of Lebanon as a war crime.

Sami Smoocha, the Haifa University sociologist who conducted the survey said that “One would have expected more pro-Israeli results among Israeli-Arabs due to the uniqueness of the most recent war: a war with no involvement of the Palestinians, a war in which the lives and belongings of Israelis were endangered, a war against an Islamic fundamentalist group that most of them don’t support.” Ahmed Tibi response to the results of the poll by saying that “usually there is no empathy for the aggressor,” which Tibi said was Israel.”

In May 2007, the Mossawa Center – an Arab-Israeli advocacy group – published a document that demanded changes to Israel’s national symbols including the national anthem – HaTikvah. An earlier December 2006 document by the National Committee for the Heads of Arab Local Authorities in Israel, characterized Israel as being a country with no right to exist. Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, calls for a bi-national state and multiculturalism in Israel in its document titled “The Democratic Constitution.”  Adalah demands that Israel recognize the injustice suffered by the Palestinian people and recognize the right of the Palestinian refugees based on UN Resolution 194.

Israeli-Arab leadership figures including Justice Jubran and MK Ahmed Tibi do not wish to live under Hamas or Palestinian Authority control.  Yet, they have not reconciled themselves to the idea that Israel is the homeland of the Jews.  Conversely, Jews as a minority have always recognized and shown loyalty to those states and/or countries in which they lived, and to its symbols. 

The Israeli-Arabs must come to the realization that a Jewish state will be defended by the Jewish majority and therefore they must either join a future Palestinian State or accept a Jewish State and its symbols. While the State of Israel does not compel Arabs to serve in Israel Defense Forces, loyalty to the State of Israel is a requirement that must not be overlooked.

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  • effemall

    Jewish liberalism has always had a suicidal bent. Israel is supposed to be a Jewish State and is criticized by all the world's anti-Semites as practicing Apartheid while in effect they proudly install Trojan Horses of the Arab world to hasten their own demise. The expulsion of Jews from all Arab lands, the Holocaust itself have to date failed to wake them up and teach them a lesson. Their suicide voters even vote for Obama.

    • stevefraser

      Nice comment….this syndrome, either based on the Holocaust and/or centuries of persecution in a form of post traumatic stress syndome on a racial level. At the heart of PTSD is an unconscious drive to bring about the very abuse one has suffered. Although with Holocaust survivors it might be related to survivor guilt, on a deeper level its, as Freud described: turning passive into active. This psychological defense has been found in all PTSD sufferers: they actively bring about the very abuse they had previously suffered passively.

  • maturin20

    Michael Ben-Ari is definitely the Rudolf Hess of Israel.

  • jacob

    MATURIN20 :

    Don't worry : Israel's stupidity will hand back to your people the whole country in a silver platter….
    It keeps the Fifth Column Israeli Arabs are and which multiplies at mice's rate, fully subsidized by the
    State but it is still not convinced of it and allows the enemies to sit in their Parliament and even been
    Supreme Court justices….

  • stern

    The irony is that if the Knesset does pass a bill like the one mentioned, or if, by some miracle, the government does manage to get Salim Jubran dismissed, all he has to do is appeal to the Supreme Court and they will overturn it.

  • Linda Rivera

    Unless he is kicked off the Supreme Court, it will show Israelis and the world, that DISLOYALTY to Israel by judges on the Supreme Court has the FULL APPROVAL of Israeli leaders.

  • Abisja

    Well, Jubran should be kicked out of Israel, preferably to Gasa, and let him go and shout his Islamic sentiments from the highest mosque rooftop he could find. While he is in that hell pit he might just want to move back to the liberties he reproved in the Knesset.

  • Marty

    Israeli arabs consistently reveal a remarkable hypocrisy. Jews are not allowed to live in arab states let alone participate in a democratic political process that guarantees individual rights. But Israeli arabs take full advantage of Israel's medical delivery system, freedom of expression that includes the right to deny the state's legitimacy, and the opportunity to undermine Israel's national security. These are people beyond the pale of respect. They also lie when they maintain that all they want is equality with Jews in one secular state. Their words and actions reveal that what they really want is the destruction of both Israel and the Jewish people.