As I wrote in the previous post, the Arabs living in the area did not identify themselves as one people. Therein lies one of the major problems. The Jews had, for centuries, identified themselves not just as co-religionists, but as a people. So they had developed the systems and institutions in their various communities that could then be immediately put into place to govern a nation. Palestinian writers in the 30s and 40s objected to the British about the proposed partition, saying essentially that it would not be fair because the Jews had those systems and institutions and the Arabs did not. In light of the events of recent years it might be argued that they still do not see themselves as one people and still have not invested in the systems and institutions required for self-governance. At any rate, the article under discussion is not about a proposed Palestinian state, but about what Arab Israelis are asking for themselves within the existing state of Israeli.
from the article: Your ID, please