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bMinister Moshe Kol called it “a damaging document.” Yediot bAharonot writer Yehoshua Ben-Porat lamented the Koenig re- bport violated all that the State of Israel promised “in the Decla- bration of Independence and pledges daily . . . equal rights for all bits citizens—including the Arab minority.” He then proceeded bto display the contradiction and confusion that must be the lot bof all guilt-ridden liberals as he proclaimed the right of all Jews bto settled anywhere in Israel “as long as they do not violate the brights of the minority. . . .”

bBut, of course, that is precisely Ben-Porat’s confusion. The bDeclaration of Independence, if it grants equal rights, grants the bright of the minority to become a majority. Is that what Ben- bPorat defends? Will he, like some modern Voltaire, stand and bshout to the howling Arab mob that cries for the end of a Zionist bstate: I will differ with you over this but will defend to the death byour right to become a majority? How difficult it is to be a liber- bal and a Zionist.

bAnd Aharon Meged, one of the intellectual self-haters in bIsrael, in a thundering article, bewailed the policy of “Judaiz- bing” and then proclaimed that “the path that Koenig suggests bcontradicts Zionism and its path!” Indeed. Political Zionism bwas born with a book called The Jewish State; it was embodied in ba Declaration of Independence that creates a Jewish majority. bBut Judaizing the Galilee is anti-Zionist! Koenig’s efforts to save bthe country’s Jewish and Zionist character is anti-Zionist! bMeged is not a Zionist. In his own self-hatred, he is an intellec- btual pseudo-Samson whose death wish is accompanied by a de- bsire not to go alone.

bIt took a gentile reporter, William E. Farrell of the New York bTimes, to put his finger on the only relevant question. Writing on bSeptember 22, 1976, he stated: “The report has also once again bbrought into focus a crucial question—still to be answered— bthat has vexed Israel since its founding: can an Arab minority bparticipate fully and democratically in a state that Prime bMinister Yitzhak Rabin recently described as predicated on ‘the bingathering of the Jewish people’s exiles’ and ‘living the life of a bJewish state’?”

bBut, of course, the question has been answered in the reali- bty of the ultimate contradiction between the two concepts. A bJewish state can exist in peace only with a large Jewish majority. b 

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