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bto expect peace and harmony and acceptance of minority status bfrom an Israeli Arab who is different from the ruling majority bJew in every possible way? And when one adds to this the fact bthat the Arab minority was once a majority in the land, what are bthe chances for harmony and peace? Such is the reality of the bJewish majority-Arab minority situation in the Land of Israel. A blook at just some of the myriad separatist movements and con- bflicts in the world—most far less abrasive than the Jewish-Arab bone—will go a long way toward dispelling dangerous illusions band delusions concerning the possibility of Jewish-Arab harmo- bny in the Land of Israel.

bIt is a survey that is necessarily cursory and incomplete, for bthere is simply no room in this book for a detailed description of ball the disputes. It is enough, however, to put the Jewish-Arab bconflict in proper perspective: a deadly battle with only bloody bencounter as long as the Arabs remain in the land.
 

THE MIDDLE EAST

bIn Israel’s backyard are not only first-class exhibits of b“coexistence” between various differing groups but also classic bproof of how Arabs treat a differing group within their midst, beven when that group is Arab. It takes little to project from that what blife would be for Jews in a country that has a large, powerful bArab minority—or majority.

Lebanon: Christians versus Muslims

bNo one knows exactly how many people have been killed in bLebanon since the civil war there began just a relatively few byears ago, but 50,000 would be a conservative figure. Nor do we bspeak of the tens of thousands maimed and wounded, the hun- bdreds of thousands who fled their homes, the untold amount of bproperty damage.

bThe antagonists in Lebanon all speak the same language: bArabic. They share the same culture, come from the same na- btional ethnic background. They are all Arabs, one people in every way bbut one: some 55 percent of the population is Muslim and the brest, Christian. That has been enough to cause a bloody five- byear war, to cause de facto partition of Lebanon into Christian band Muslim enclaves, and to breed hate and vengeance. It has b 

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