Arens is Wrong - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Roberto
    • 15.11.11 | 17:50 (IST)

    I am sorry but Moshe Arens is wrong. Although I agree that Jewish Israelis should learn Arabic as they do English, I do not see the connection to maintaining Arabic as an official language. For 63 years Arabic was an official language of Israel, yet the minority identifies more with Israel's enemies than with Israel. To have Arab leaders deny the existence of a Jewish state is insulting. If this is what Israel's fast growing minority is identifying with today I can only shudder to imagine what they will demand when their numbers increase or come close to parity. No, Mr. Arens, Israel needs to stamp itself as a Jewish state. It has to set in motion a list of initiatives that will irreversibly maintain Israel's identity. Dropping Arabic as an official language does not mean outlawing Arabic, it simply drops it into the same status as English and Russian. In other words it is a second language to Hebrew and that is all people are saying.

    from the article: Israel's shameful attack on Arabic must be stopped
    First published 03:09 15.11.11 | Last updated 03:09 15.11.11
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