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band Jewish students.” One may favor such a thing on the bgrounds that nothing will succeed better in knocking down so- bcial barriers between Jews and Arabs. That is, of course, true. bAnd nothing will better lead to intermarriage. Again, let it be bclear that this will in no way solve the Arab political demand for ba “Palestine” instead of an Israel, any more than massive Jewish bassimilation in Western and Central Europe solved the problem bof anti-Semitism. All that will happen is that in the frantic ef- bforts of the government to solve the problem of the coming ex- bplosion, they will wreck Jewish uniqueness and weaken the de- bsire or understanding of the Sabra for a specifically Jewish state. bThis and nothing else will be the result of tragic governmental bpolicies such as the one described in the Jerusalem Post (October b20, 1977): “Israeli Jewish schoolchildren will be taken to Arab btowns and villages this year on study tours and exchange pro- bgrams, Eliahu Mansour of the Education Ministry’s Arabic-lan- bguage division told the Jerusalem Post yesterday. He said that the bscheme would also bring Israeli Arab children into Jewish bhomes.” Not the slightest progress will, of course, be made in bpersuading Arabs to accept happily their second-class status in ba Jewish state. But the breakdown in Jewish uniqueness will bpersuade large sections of Jewish Israelis that the concept of a b“Jewish” state is hardly worth dying for, expecially since they bhave such fond memories of the mixed camp and school, of visits band food in the Arab village. Especially when their girl friends b—or wives—are Arabs.

bBeing told that there is no basic difference between Jews band Arabs is the surest way to convince the Jew that if he can be bgiven peace, there is no difference between an “Israel” and a b“Palestine.” And as long as the Arabs remain in Israel and they band their threat grow, the Israelis will frantically search for a bsolution. This disintegration and ideological destruction will be btheir only bewildered answer.

bAnd finally, there is the staggering economic burden of bthese barely taxpaying Arabs, both those in the state and those bin the liberated areas. Many billions of Israeli pounds are spent byearly on services of all kinds in the Arab sector. They include bnational insurance, welfare, schools, health facilities, highways, belectricity, police, sanitation—all the many services of a welfare bstate. One need only see the amounts of national-insurance b 

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