Bringing Israeli Arabs Into the Fold - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Michael
    • 18.02.07 | 12:20 (IST)

    Why are the Arabs excluded from mandatory national service? I understand the exemption from compulsory military, but national service as I understand it is a different beast. Yes, most people would rather not have to donate part of their lives to the State. However, you already have the program, and already require others to participate, so the real question is why do you exclude part of your population from it. Exemption from national service is another badge of the second-class status of Israeli Arabs. National service can serve a tremendous unifying function. It brings together people who might not otherwise deal with each other in their daily lives. Moreover, the very commitment of one?s time to the State can create a sense of commitment in (and to) to the State that Jews so strongly want the Arab population to feel for Israel. Overall, it would benefit Israel, benefit the Jews and benefit the Arabs, and I don?t see a ?down? side to it.

    from the article: A la intifada comme a la intifada
    First published 00:00 18.02.07 | Last updated 00:00 18.02.07
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