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bsubmit, the Arab-Jewish problem in Palestine cannot be solved bunder the scheme of majority-minority nationalism.”

bThirty-two years after Johnson made his precise observa- btions, the majority-minority situation he warned about was in bexistence—more than three decades of Jewish majority rule with bformal guarantees to an Arab minority.

bIn 1979 a survey of Israeli Arab thinking was undertaken by bthe Arab-Jewish Center at Haifa University. In light of the “re- bmarkable accomplishments” and “advances” made by Israeli bArabs, the results of the poll are of more than passing interest. b

bNo fewer than 50 percent of the Arab citizens of Israel bqueried openly admitted that they reject Israel’s right to exist.

bSome 64 percent consider Zionism to be racism.

bThe same proportion, 64 percent, called for abolition of the bLaw of Return.

bFinally, whereas 87 percent of Israel’s Arabs demanded bthat Israel give up all the land liberated in 1967, an astounding b59 percent also called for a rollback to the 1947 boundaries.
 

bThe head of the survey, Dr. Sami Samouha, stated that the bresults made it clear that the point of issue between Jews and bArabs in Israel has nothing to do with the pace of integration of bArabs into the life of the state. “The dispute centers above the bJewish-Zionist character of the State of Israel. Sooner or later bthe Israeli Arab will demand substantive changes in the charac- bter of the state.”

bDr. Samouha was saying that in a Jewish state, whose en- btire character and destiny are tied to Jewishness and Judaism, bthe Arab citizen can never feel equal or part of it. Dr. Samouha bis, of course, absolutely correct. He, as an Arab, understands this. bWould that the Israeli leaders were as perceptive.

bThe Jew, like it or not, must choose: unswerving adherence to ba Jewish state, or the democracy of the Western liberal world which gives bthe Arab the right to change the country into an Arab state. More and bmore Israelis are forced to face this reality as being at the heart bof the Arab-Jewish conflict. And others, having realized how ter- brible the dilemma, cannot bear to choose a Jewish solution. bThey either flee reality and devise a patently evasive or absurd banswer, or they make their choice: democracy! A growing b 

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