Forget Israel, I would bet this exact same poll could be done for the entire Arab world, and prove the same results. I'm not sure why this is a revelation. One only has to look at how Arabs do in the US, where they function by and large as stand up citizens. A great deal of Arabs have always known that Arafat, and the rest like him are kooks, that even they can't trust... but they rally around these radicals as opportunists. They play their positions because the manipulation reaps rewards. We all know the Arabs would truly revolt if they were forced to leave Israel and take up citizenship in Palestine.
It's what I've been saying all along.
â€œThis is a reality but I wonâ€™t deal with it in terms of recognizing or admitting it.â€
Khaled Mashaal, Hamas leader
It may be a bit far fetched but I have had this theory for some time now that many Israeli Arab leaders adopt a more extreme position because they are fearful of what might happen to them sometime down the track if they adopt too moderate a position. I am thinking in terms of how the SLA ended up on it's own after Barak withdrew from South Lebanon. Although many were given shelter in Israel, many others had to or chose to stay behind.
I know it's not exactly the same situation but there are potential similarities.
Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.
Author: John Galsworthy 1867-1933, British Novelist, Playwright
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