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posted 20 June 2005 06:53 PM      Profile for Coyote   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
There is a lot of political hay to be made in this poll, whatever one's perspective on the Middle East. I'm going to forego that, for now.


According to the results, while 70 percent of Israeli Arabs are able to accept Israel as a Jewish, democratic state, only 13.8 percent agree to the concept of Israel as a Zionist state. Over 72 percent believe that "Israel as a Zionist state, in which Jews and Arab live together, is racist."

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CMOT Dibbler
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posted 20 June 2005 07:31 PM      Profile for CMOT Dibbler     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Aren't the findings of the poll rather contradictory? If most of Isreal's Arab population are prepared to accept Isreal as a Jewish state, dosen't that mean that they would also be prepared to accept a Zionist state?

Very strange.

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Rufus Polson
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posted 20 June 2005 07:59 PM      Profile for Rufus Polson     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
The article gets into it; apparently they draw a distinction between a state that reflects the actual dominance of Jews and the Jewish experience in Israel today, giving priority to the Jews who are in fact citizens of Israel, and a state dedicated to the dominance of Jews in perpetuity and to that state's interpretation of the objectives of world Jewry over and above the rights and objectives of actual non-Jewish citizens.

So basically, one could say they don't mind Israel being a Jewish country in the sense that Italy is a Catholic one. They're not happy about the notion of Israel being a country whose boundaries go beyond the territorial, so that for instance foreign Jews can come and instantly become citizens.

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