Ivrit is the main language, Arabic is the second language - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 27.08.10 | 13:24 (IDT)

    And French used to be the third de facto language in the early days of little Israel. It now seems to be English for things like road signs and Russian for others. Interesting and a little bizarre, that. Arabic, apart from being spoken in vast swathes of this planet of ours, is also very closely related to Hebrew. Ibn Gabirol and many of our other poets and paytanim wrote their oeuvre in Arabic. Arabic is in our history and our culture. Why should it be avoided because of contemporary bigotry?

    from the article: The language of the state
    First published 01:40 27.08.10 | Last updated 01:40 27.08.10
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