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b—Israel is and will remain irrevocably Jewish.”

bPity the confused liberals. “Israel will remain irrevocably Jew- bish.” And suppose the Arabs become a majority? Can the liberal bleopard change its spots? Will the Jerusalem Post and all its ilk brefuse to allow them to vote? Would this be any way for a liberal bto behave? And so, in ideological panic, the Jerusalem Post re- bfused to think about it and, in the best tradition of southern bpaternalism or British colonialism, offered the Arab an “en- blightened minorities policy.”

bWhat may be most significant about the Arab memo- brandum was the fact that its four drafters were all “moderate” bArabs linked to the Israeli Labor Party. They were Hana bMuwiz, council head of Rama; Tark Rafik Abdul Hai, head of bTira; Jamil D’raba, head of Sakhnin; and Ahmed Msalha of bDaburiya. For years these men had been “loyal” Israelis, bdutifully following the Zionist line. What caused them to bchange? Had they changed? The answer is no, they had not.

bThe longtime Israeli expert on Arab affairs Tzvi El-Peleg bwrote, after the Land Day Rebellion: “They [the Arabs] knew bhow to conceal the enmity and at the proper time to allow it to bburst forth. As long as the time had not yet arrived for the enmi- bty to come into the open, everything went peacefully. Correct brelations, elaborate hospitality. . . .”

bBut now the time had come, and the real Israeli Arab stood bup to proclaim partially his true desires. Of course, Rabin blearned nothing. In June 1976 he stood at the well-publicized bLabor Party symposium, and after, again, going through a blitany of self-praise (“Israel can be proud of her attitude toward bthe Arabs of Israel in the practical conditions in which she finds bherself”), and after reciting the compulsory “head-and-stom- bach” figures that proved how much progress the Arabs had bmade in Israel, Rabin proceeds to state yet again the two im- bpossible pillars of his policy. Said the prime minister: “Israel is ba Jewish state” with “full equality of rights for all non-Jewish bcitizens with respect to their separate cultural and religious bidentities.”

bOf course the Arab wanted more. Of course the Arab re- bsented, hated, the fact that a Jewish state doomed him to bperpetual minority status, never able to control his homeland. bOf course, the right to have babies and vote gave him the right b 

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