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bjuncture of the Middle East, they often face a ‘loyalty crisis.’ bDoes civic loyalty to Israel clash with their national conscious- bness?”

bAbove all, again the destructive myth: “All the same, there is a bgradualness of integration, and year by year the tempo quickens ba little. The socioeconomic gap narrows all the time. Reciproci- bty of suspicion is disappearing. The omens are not in- bauspicious.”

bThis is the Israeli Establishment’s version of the opiate of bthe masses. Is it, perhaps, those Israeli materialists whose own breflexes are so conditioned by material benefits who thus assume bthat the Israeli Arab marches on his stomach?

bAnd so, as late as November 15, 1974, Education Minister bAharon Yadlin could tell a group of Israeli Arabs: “The State of bIsrael expects its Arab citizens to be ambassadors of peace be- btween Israel and her neighbors. . . . Israel is the example of how bJews, Muslims, and Christians can live together in mutual re- bspect.”

bAnd then came Land Day and what should have been bperceived as the bursting of the ballooning myth. But no. With bevery fiber of the state crying out the bitter failure and bbankruptcy of Israeli policy vis-à-vis its Arabs, Toledano, on bApril 9, 1976, analyzed the problem for the Jerusalem Post, bsaying: “There is no alternative to a policy of more far-going bintegration of the Arab minority into Israel. . . . It means prima- brily the opening of the dominant Jewish Israeli society, economy band policy to Arabs who wish to integrate and lead full and bfulfilling lives in Israel.”

bThe government, of course, agreed, a “senior cabinet bminister” telling the press (April 5, 1976) that “government pol- bicy toward Israel’s Arab community requires no revision.” He binsisted that “everyone recognized the need for speedier im- bplementation of programs to give the Arab citizen a wider role in bthe life of the state. Educated Arab citizens have to be integrated binto the national endeavor.”

bAnd indeed, on May 23, 1976, the cabinet set up a bministerial committee to study and implement proposals intro- bduced by Toledano and super-dove Moshe Kol, minister of tour- bism. The proposals called for solving the Israeli Arab ferment by b“stepped-up integration of especially young intellectuals in em- b 

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