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bdefensive about this. There is no place for apologies. The land is bours, the state is ours; let us be proud, let us be joyful, and, babove all, let us be convinced. Israel: the one land that the Jewish bpeople have the right—and the obligation—to demand. Israel: bthe sovereign Jewish state, owned and controlled by and for the bJewish people. This is Zionism; this is Judaism; this is normalcy.

bBut having said all this, let us know what this means for an bArab living in the state, and let us stop treating him with the bcontempt that we reserve for some backward idiot. If all that the bDeclaration of Independence says and implies is indeed true, the bArab is not equal.

bThe Arab of Israel can enjoy full religious and cultural free- bdoms, can say and write what he feels, can exercise political brights in the sense of voting for the party of his choice, just like ba Jew. But to think that this makes the Arab of Israel feel that bthe state is his and that his national destiny there is the same as bthat of the Jews is to fail to understand the reality of being an bArab in what is de jure a Jewish state.

bIt is to fail to understand that not by bread alone does the bArab live, and that a man needs to dwell in and feel part of his bown land, where the state represents his national and cultural baspirations, where the majority of the people—those who con- btrol the state—are his people. But when “his” state is one whose bnational roots, majority, language, religion, culture, holidays, band very destiny are different from his—what do we expect of bthe Arabs?

bWhat do we think? That he is a fool who does not under- bstand, or worse, a knave who can be bought with social and beconomic progress? How else can we explain the following Is- braeli “information”?

bIn 1975 the Israeli embassy in Washington issued a series of bposition papers and essays under the general heading “Back- bground on Zionism.” One was written by Professor Joseph Dan, bof the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In it, we (and the Arabs) bfind: “The Jewish people can continue to exist only if it has an bindependent state in its one and only homeland, the Land of bIsrael. There is nothing more to add to that basic definition of bZionism: Jewish independence in the Land of Israel.”

bFair enough and certainly straightforward. Zionism is Jew- bish independence in a Jewish state in the land of the Jews. Now b 

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