Although Arens holds very hawkish positions - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    on relations with the Arabs and the Palestinians, he is alone of the mainstream Israeli politicians in not only supporting equal rights in every way for the Arab citizens of the state, he has also worked to advance them when he was in office. When he was security minister, Arens worked to end discrimination against Bedouin who served in the Army and made a conscious effort to allow them to advance in the Army and become officers. He alone among the mainstream Israeli leaders in his conscious support of equality for the Arab citizens of the State. Arens has always warned of the consequences of the alienation of the Arab citizens of Israel from the state but understands that the notion of them being a "fifth column" is not necessarily a given. It all depends on how the state treats them.

    from the article: Violating the norms of democracy
    First published 00:00 31.07.07 | Last updated 00:00 31.07.07
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