From the very start we got it wrong! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 12.08.13 | 13:26 (IDT)

    If Israel had started life by acknowledging that its existence meant that another people had to pay a price, things could have been very different. It should have made its Arab citizens feel welcome and an equal part of the state. Even in pre-state days Jews and Arabs lived in separate communities. Once the state was founded this policy should have been changed and mixed communities should have been encouraged. Also, it should have made it compulsory for all Jewish schoolchildren to learn Arabic. Unfortunately the very opposite happened. It was separatism that was encouraged presumably out of fear that this was the only way to ensure the Jewish character of the country. Yet maybe Israel's Jewish identity would indeed have been strengthened if its Arab citizens knew they were welcomed and respected within a Zionist state. Then maybe, Israel would not have to sustain itself by turning to ultra-nationalism and racism to do so.

    from the article: Not just for Jews
    First published 02:00 12.08.13 | Last updated 17:53 11.08.13
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