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    • 04.11.12 | 14:04 (IST)

    Just because one is a citizen of the state does not automatically mean that one discards one's previous ethnicity, nor does it mean that one is automatically being disloyal to one's new country if one refuses to serve in its army. We must never forget that Israel's Arab population did not choose to become Israelis. That does not mean that they are not willing to be full citizens - over more then 60 years they have shown this to be the case - but at the same time they cannot erase the fact that they are also Arabs. To ask them then to go to war against fellow Arabs may well be a step to far. They could indeed end up having to fight against people who once lived in Israel but because of the establishment of the state were obliged to leave their homes. How would a diaspora Jew feel if his country was at war against Israel and he was told he had to fight and view Israel as the enemy?

    from the article: Greek Orthodox leader slams clergy for encouraging IDF service
    First published 08:09 04.11.12 | Last updated 08:09 04.11.12
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