Additionally, a mono-cultural country is not a "ghetto". Japan is 97% Japanese, and is essentially mono-cultural. S. Korea is 99% Korean and is monocultural. Italy is 95% Italian and is essentially mono-cultural. I wouldn't describe any of these countries as ghettos. Rather, they are all developed, generally prosperous, culturally interesting, and don't have their sovereignty questioned and most likely never will.
My position on them is that they are not Israelis. They are Israeli Arabs, Beduins, Druze. Whether or not they served in the Army is quite irrelevant. My father served in the Russian army and was a law-abiding and loyal citizen of that state. It doesn't mean he was a Russian.
Israel is a Jewish nation-state, not a state of immigrants like the US or Canada, or a former empire state like France or UK. And so we cannot define the people of this country by the same means as those countries.
BTW, the most outspoken anti-Israel Arab MKs are Christian.
Israel's identity is a construct. Would you sit next to a Moroccan Jew claiming to be of an identical culture? You're both Jews in a Jewish State, but that's about it. You share a nationality of commonalities, but you also share a nations worth of differences. If your secure with what it means to be a Jew, and the natural diversity of a Jewish homeland, then on the surface it's no threat to have some Arab residents.
I think Bararallu is arguing the rest of my point.
Some people just do not get it. Muslims do not have to be the majority or even 50% of the country to get their way. That prayer site is a perfect example. KettleWhistle clearly gets it.
There is no serious threat in having some Arab residents. Having a substantial minority of hostile Arabs who want to take this country from its natives, desecrate our holy and historical places, etc. is a threat. Calling foreign nationals, Arabs or others, "Israeli" is a threat. You are forgeting that in the context of a nation-state, citizenship is not equal to national belonging. Otherwise, you simply don't have a nation-state.You're both Jews in a Jewish State, but that's about it. You share a nationality of commonalities, but you also share a nations worth of differences. If your secure with what it means to be a Jew, and the natural diversity of a Jewish homeland, then on the surface it's no threat to have some Arab residents.
So are you ready to do away with Israel?
Yeah, after all these years on the forums clearly you've just exposed me as wanting to do away with Israel. You're a super sleuth.
How about you just stop working under the presumption that all Arabs in Israel are potentially hostile?
What reason would I, or anyone else, have for that?
Published: 07.30.08, 08:59 / Israel News
The State of Israel has discovered a new income source: Charging people whose vehicles were damaged in terror attacks for towing services.
A family of new immigrants from the United States was startled to discover the new policy while trying to overcome the trauma of the first Jerusalem bulldozer attack. The family was ordered to pay for the towing of its damaged car from the attack scene; other residents faced similar demands.
The Aizenshtats moved to Israel from the US four years ago. On the day of the bulldozer attack they were driving in their car with their three children near the construction site where the terrorist came from.
"We were driving and suddenly saw the bulldozer charging at us," Rochelle Aizenshtat recounted. "We were in shock and we started screaming." One of the girls in the car sustained light wounds only, but the car was seriously damaged.
The vehicle was towed away, and later the family was contacted by a government appraiser and asked to pay NIS 685 (roughly $200) for towing the car.
"This is simply a comedy," Rochelle said. "Our car was damaged in a terror attack, and now they're asking us to pay for the towing?" Notably, one of the owners of the towing company, Yuval Hadad, also slammed what he characterized as an "absurd situation."
"Regrettably, the government ordered me to collect the fee," he said. "I told them it's not alright. Isn't the experience they went through enough?" Hadad added that other residents were also required to pay the towing fee.
After the Tax Authority was contacted, officials said they would compensate the car owners and refrain from charging from towing in the future.
The problem is bulldozer . And people are blaming Muslims for it
City government is city government.
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