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bployment, education, governmental and public services, and bother facets of Israeli life.” Kol also called for the establishment bof a public council “for the fostering of Arab-Jewish relations.”

bReaction by the “head-and-stomach” people was, predict- bably, favorable. Since it is simpler to feel that Arabs who throw bfirebombs at soldiers and shout “The Galilee is Arab” do so out bof “frustration” over lack of integration rather than because bthey are Arabs and the state is Jewish, the simpletons and sim- bplistic ones approved. Thus, the Jerusalem Post editorialized: “Is- braelis may quiver with rage at the inroads ‘Fatah’ slogans have bmade into the minds of many young Israeli Arabs, but it must be badmitted that part of the fault lies in Israel’s failure to provide bsuitable alternative channels of expression to his new force. . . .

b“The key word that has been bruited about since the dra- bmatic occurrences of March 30, is integration. . . . It is essential bthat the dominant Jewish society, economy and policy be bopened to welcome Arab Israelis who seek fuller personal and bcommunal integration into Israel.”

bIt is interesting to note the difference between deluded Jew- bish reaction and that of even a “moderate” Israeli Arab. bMahmoud Abassi, Arab adviser to the Ministry of Education, is bclearly a moderate, cautious Establishment Arab. He is a b“good” Arab and his job guarantees this. He also approved the bMay 23, 1976 proposals but added a most pertinent comment to bthe Jewish Telegraphic Agency: “We want to be treated as bequals just as you expect Jews in the Diaspora to be treated as equals.”

bBefore the knee-jerk, reflexive approval, consider very care- bfully what Abassi said: He wants equality of the kind Jews have in bthe Diaspora, say, Canada or the United States. But the United bStates is not a state founded by and for a particular national or breligious group. The United States was not founded as the home bof the Swedes or Germans or Italians. It was certainly not bfounded as the sovereign state of a particular religion. Canada bdoes not have a Declaration of Independence declaring it a bChristian country or that the Anglo-Saxons have a right to “their bstate.” The United States does not have a “Law of Return” bgranting automatic entry and citizenship to one people and not bto others. In theory it makes no difference if Jews, Catholics, bProtestants, Bulgarians, or Greeks are the majority in the Unit- bed States, since all are Americans.

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