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November 27, 2016 3:42 pm

Israel’s Arab Leadership Must Cease Fanning the Flames of Hatred

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One of the forest fires that spread across Israel. Photo: Twitter/Israel News Feed.

One of the forest fires that spread across Israel. Photo: Twitter/Israel News Feed.

The current wave of Palestinian and Arab arson in Israel is being fueled and encouraged by antisemitic incitement on Arab social media.

Although the arsonists constitute an extremist minority among Arab Israelis, there can be no doubt that years of racist incitement against Israel and Jews by much of the Arab political and religious leadership has led to this latest outbreak of violence.

Many of Israel’s harshest critics claim that its democracy has failed its minority of Arab citizens. In reality, Arab-Israeli leaders have failed Israeli democracy. The vitriolic hatred of Israel frequently expressed by Arab members of the Knesset and by Muslim leaders in Israel would be considered treason in any other country.

Freedom of expression and political dissent are fundamental and healthy components of any democracy. Yet much of the Arab leadership in Israel does not oppose specific Israeli policies, but the very existence of the Jewish state. This anti-Jewish racism is coupled with hypocrisy, as Israel’s Arab leaders openly support a 22nd Arab state in the disputed territories, while demanding the dissolution of the world’s only Jewish nation-state.

Overall, the integration of Israel’s Arab citizens has been successful. Polls show that most Arab Israelis would not want to live in any other country than Israel. They enjoy significant cultural and religious freedoms and rights that are denied to the vast majority of Arabs in the Middle East (and the Palestinian territories). Arab Israelis also enjoy a higher life expectancy than most Americans and Europeans. Furthermore, the socioeconomic gaps between Arabs and Jews in Israel are gradually narrowing, as more and more young Arab Israelis enroll in the university system and become integrated into the economy.

Arab leaders must recognize that the rights of citizenship are inseparable from the obligations of citizenship — and that treason will not be tolerated. The Arab arsonists and their extremist supporters are not only threatening the safety of Israeli citizens, but also nearly seven decades of progress in Arab-Jewish relations in the Jewish state.

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  • Masada, this gentleman, “Michael Farmer” is an Islamic person.

  • Michael Farmer

    You’re obviously a paid scribe. Anti-Israel is NOT anti-semitic.

  • watsa46

    These are fanatics! Hopeless.

  • YJ Draiman

    The government of Israel; must stop doing what’s it thinks is politically correct and perform the right action to defend our people with zero tolerance, to eradicate terror and expel the Arabs. There are no innocents. The silent Arab majority is complicit by not objecting to terror and violence. The nations of the world throughout history stood idle while Jews were persecuted and killed. The Arabs terrorized and expelled over a million Jewish families and confiscated all their assets including homes and over 120,000 sq. km. of Jewish owned land for over 2,200 years.
    When is the Israeli government stopping in deluding itself that the Arab/Palestinians want peace? It is time to face reality and stop wasting time on a façade in the illusion of peace. The Arabs behavior and actions speak volumes, that they do not want peace. When you teach your children to commit terror and violence, honor terrorists and suicide bombers, these are demonic and destructive people look around the world and the terror and violence they are causing; there is no one to talk to.
    Once the Israeli government decides to face reality that there is no second Arab/Palestinian state and that the Arabs do not seek peace, only Israel’s demise. Then you must proceed with a new approach and take care of the people in Israel without appeasing or giving concessions to the Arabs or the world at large. When you defend your citizens at all costs, eventually the world might respect you. Past response and actions by the Arabs was and is detrimental to Israel’s and its people.

    As long as you have Arabs-Muslims living in Greater Israel, terror and violence will never stop. It is in their blood and in their culture. Just look around in the world and see how terror and violence is promoted in the Muslim countries and in the Muslim communities in Europe and elsewhere. They are killing each other by the tens of thousands. When is the world at large going to wake up and face the harsh reality? That terror and violence must be eliminated at all costs like a cancer or we are doomed to extinction. Death to all terrorists must be applied, no exception. When the Arabs Muslims; are teaching their children from infancy to commit terror and violence. There is no alternative but elimination of the terrorists and those who promote and incite the masses to commit terror and violence. The Arabs have an Arab/Palestinian state in Jordan which is over 80% Arab Palestinians. The territory of Jordan is Jewish territory and the Jews are not permitted to live there. The Arabs also have the over 12 million sq. km. of land received after WWI, the Jewish property, homes and the over 120,000 sq. km. of Jewish owned land; that the Arabs-Muslims confiscated from the over a million Jewish families terrorized and expelled from Arab countries that had lived there for over 2600 years.

    All terrorists must be eliminated, zero tolerance. The leaders in Gaza are all terrorists who must be eliminated and not run for office, that they continue terror and violence and abuse and defraud their own people. They use their people misery as an excuse for terror and blame on others for their failure to use the funds given to them by the world organizations to improve conditions for the people in Gaza.

    It is time for Israel to go in with the Army and start taking over Hebron, the second holiest city for Jews. Every terror attack another section of Hebron will be retaken by Israel the rightful owners. Since the 1920’s Hebron has and is a hotbed of terror. It is time to take some serious actions. Arab terror in Hebron against the Jews started in 1517.
    Israel must take back Gush Katif and all the Jewish communities vacated in 2005 by PM Ariel Sharon.

    When you the Arabs teach and train your children to hate and commit terror and violence. There is no one to talk to. The only solution is to expel all the Arabs to Jordan which is Jewish territory or to the homes and over 75.000 sq. mi. of Jewish owned land the Arab countries confiscated when they terrorized and expelled over a million Jewish families and their children from the Arab countries or to the over 12 million sq. km the Arabs received after WWI, which excluded Palestine aka “The Land of Israel”. Jews who have lived in those Arab countries for over 2600 years and now live in Israel. On January 1919 King Faisal and Chaim Weizman signed an Agreement that recognized Palestine as the Land of Israel. The British in violation of treaties took away over 77% of Jewish Palestine aka The Land of Israel and gave it to the Arabs as the new state of Jordan

  • watsa46

    The bi-cephalic Islamofascist snake must be decapitated ASAP. Iran and SA/Qatar are in a position of extreme weakness! Thirteen centuries are thirteen centuries too many! Even Putin should see the immense benefits to his country!

  • Any Israeli-Arab leaders who willfully commit treason against Israel must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Arab arsonists, who are prosecuted, must spend their entire sentence replanting trees they burned down. And Israeli citizenship is a privilege, and those who hate Israel should leave the country.

  • Michael Farmer

    “Daniel Krygier is a writer, political analyst and satirist living in Israel.”

    I think Comedian fits him better.

  • Michael Farmer

    Why would anybody hate being occupied for half a century by heavily armed abusers or having their land land seized so that Israel can expand? They should love you to bits, surely.

    • Masada1976

      You desperately need a crash course in history. There has never been any “Palestine” except as the Roman name for occupied Judea, which was later occupied by Muslim Arabs, the Ottomans and the British. It is not Israel but the Arabs who have systematically rejected a peaceful two-state solution since they seek Israel’s destruction. Israel left 100 % of Gaza and got 500 % increase in terror.

      • Michael Farmer

        Of course there was a Palestine. Israel was created as a subset of it. You desperately need to Google ‘Balfour Declaration’.
        Israel left Gaza to concentrate on expanding Israel over their fellow Palestinians in the West Bank. Think!