the equality of rights of all cititzens in the Jewish state was envisioned by Herzl and by the Declaration of Independence. Whereas Mr. Lieberman may undertand the outside challenges --the antipathy of the Islamic world--more intensely than Mr. Peretz--Mr. Lieberman is clueless on the ideas of citizens' rights. An Arab Israeli friend once said that had Israel treated its Arab citizens with respect fro the earliest days, the Arabs would have melted into the Jewish majority--I don't know how true this is--hindsight makes us all geniuses. I think we should look at what Napoleon told the Jews and apply it to non-Jews in Israel: as individuals: everything, but as a nation, nothing. That is, full rights, as indivudiuals before the law and in society--including housing, jobs, education --but don't give autonymous political powers to groups as groups. If housing is needed in an Arab town, the budget shold provide for it, just as it would in Jewish towns.
PLO official: Reports about Abbas' resignation from political life very premature (Haaretz)