What if an Arab Was Elected Prime Minister of Israel?

A subject that many people are afraid to touch.

Nadia Matar,

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Denial is a well-known psychological mechanism. A threatening problem is created. The individual denies the problem for a certain amount of time, but it eventually explodes in his face.

The people of Israel are in total denial regarding Israeli Arabs. After watching a video recording of a recent demonstration by Israeli Arabs in Haifa, I decided that the time has come to raise this issue, knowing full well that
The dramatic rise in the nationalistic extremism of Israeli Arabs.
this is a subject that many people are afraid to touch. We see scores of Arabs waving flags of Palestine and chanting anti-Israel slogans. Here is an excerpt from the article by Boaz Golan that accompanies the recording:

"This infuriating demonstration lasted for days. A Palestinian demonstration against the state, against the Jewish people. Against me and against you. Flags of Palestine fly in the face of passersby. Gaza is here in Haifa, in our very home! Jewish drivers pass by, honk their horns, and call out to them: 'Go to Gaza,' but scores of Arabs continue to chant their slogans against the state, and are not afraid to shout out loud: 'Beirut, Damascus, Palestine...."

The demonstration in Haifa is, of course, only one of the many examples of the dramatic rise in the nationalistic extremism of Israeli Arabs, which is expressed not only in anti-Israel slogans, but also in actions against Jews. Naturally, in all these instances, Israeli law enforcement does not lift a finger.

In Akko (Acre) and in Jaffa, Israeli Arabs attack Jews. No one says anything. Recently, we heard of stonings of Jewish vehicles by Israeli Arabs in the Galilee. This hardly makes the headlines. Just imagine what the media would have done if Jews had thrown stones at Arabs.

Last year, dozens of Jews celebrated Israel Independence Day in the forest of Megiddo. A group of Israeli Arabs arrived with flags of Palestine, riding on horses, and forced the Jews to flee. Except for the Arutz-7 website, did anyone cover this subject? Not to mention that the police did not arrest even a single Arab rioter.

Make no mistake. Unlike other countries, in which minorities act with respect and submission to the host country, a considerable portion of the Israeli Arabs act as if they were the lords of the land; while we Jews seem to them as casual visitors who bother them.

Is this the Jewish State of which its founders dreamed?

The government of Israel relates to this issue from a quite interesting direction. A few days ago, we were informed that Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit is acting to establish a new Arab city, apparently in the Galilee. "No New Arab City Has Been Established Since the Establishment of the State," cry out the newspaper headlines.

Truly, there is no better way to portray the Israeli government that is celebrating 60 years since the establishment of the Jewish state: a government that freezes all Jewish construction in Judea, Samaria, and even in the capital
Is there actually any "Jewish city" in the State of Israel?
Jerusalem, and instead of this channels its resources and money into the establishment of an Arab city. I don't know whether to cry or to laugh bitterly.

The Left and the Arab street, of course, are full of joy and elation. But why does the national camp remain silent? Where is the outcry?

And just what is the meaning of an "Arab city"? Will they put a sign at the entrance to the city: "No Entry for Jews"? Is there actually any "Jewish city" in the State of Israel? Israeli Arabs can live in any city in Israel. Arabs live in Haifa, Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Jerusalem and, after the anti-Zionist ruling by Aharon Barak, Arabs also moved to Katzir and Harish.

If Jews, in contrast, would dare to buy in Umm el-Fahm, Daliyat al-Carmel, Baka el-Gharbiye, or any other Arab village in the Galilee or the Negev, it is clear to all that they would be subject to a pogrom, just as the Druze carried out in order to make the city of Peki'in free of Jews a few months ago.

The Left tells us that we must "separate ourselves" from Judea and Samaria in order to preserve Israel as a Jewish state. This, however, is the false propaganda of the anti-Jewish Left, which dreams of the destruction of the Jewish settlement in Judea, Samaria and Gaza for no reason other than hatred for the settlers, and which attempts to advance its dream by spreading empty slogans. The Arabs of Judea and Samaria do not constitute a threat to the State of Israel. They are not citizens. It is specifically Israeli Arabs who threaten Israel as a Jewish state.

Why is no one in our camp willing to propose a solution to the issue of Israeli Arabs in a country that wants to be a Jewish state? Rabbi Benny Elon's Israel Initiative relates to the Arabs of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, while Avigdor Lieberman's "exchange of territories" idea should be categorically rejected, since it speaks of handing over parts of the land of Israel to Arabs.

The only one who dared to broach this subject was Rabbi Meir Kahane, of blessed memory, may G-d avenge his blood. In 1980, when he was in the Ramle prison, he wrote a book entitled They Must Go (the Hebrew title means "Stings in Your Eyes," from the verse in the book of Numbers : "But if you do not dispossess the inhabitants of the land, those whom you allow to remain shall be stings in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land in which you live").

Based on the Jewish halakhah, and supported by dozens of historical examples of other peoples who struggled with hostile minorities that lived in their midst, Rabbi Kahane proposed that we separate ourselves from the Arabs. Only in this way will Israel be able to survive as a Jewish state. The details of the plan and the ways to implement them are set forth in his book. Despite its having been written in 1980, it is still extremely relevant.

We can either accept or reject what Rabbi Kahane wrote, but one thing is clear: we cannot continue to ignore this question. If we continue to bury our heads in the sand, one day we will wake up after elections and hear the
We cannot lose the Jewish state out of "fear of racism."
broadcaster announce in the news: 'It's an upheaval! After Arab mayors were elected in Haifa, Beersheva and Jerusalem a few years ago, today an Arab prime minister has been elected in Israel! Mabruk and salaam aleikum!'

And what will we do then?

True, many people are afraid to touch the issue for fear of being accused of "racism." But we cannot lose the Jewish state out of "fear of racism." If an Israeli government minister is not accused of racism for establishing an Arab city free of Jews, and if all the members of the Sharon government that expelled our brethren from Gush Katif and northern Samaria just because they were Jews, were not accused of racism, then I am certain that the charge of racism will not be raised against those who propose deposing the present government and replacing it with a government that will advance the idea of a truly Jewish state. That is, Jewish sovereignty over all of Eretz Yisrael and Jewish control of its future. Since the hostile Arab minority will not be pleased by this, everyone will eventually understand that separation is the only solution: the Jews in Eretz Yisrael, and the Arabs in the Arab countries.