To find myself agreeing with Mr Frantzen. The Israeli Arabs for too long have either been a silent ignored minority in Israel. Until Israeli Arabs withheld their vote for the reelection of Barak, they were taken for granted by the Labour Party and most of the Arab parties shamefully waste their votes on ideological self-gratification. Arabs are nearly 20% of the population or should equate to 24 seats in the Knesset and the religious are able to dictate to the state with must less support. As for their loyalty and respect for the state, the percentage of the Druze who serve in top-line units vastly outnumbers the settlers and the ultra-religious. And I think the antics of some of the settlers - less than 3% of the population - shows their lack of respect or loyalty to the democratically elected government. If the increased participation of Israeli Arabs in a mainstream Israeli party brings them fairer treatment that can only be good for us and them.
- 6:49 PM
from the article: Arabs for hire