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    • Abram
    • 02.12.10 | 16:03 (IST)

    The spirit of your editorial is praiseworthy, calling urgent attention to the non-democratic sentiments which Jewish Israelis have toward their Arab compatriots. But your solution to the problem awaits a bolder step than government and leadership speeches on the subject. There must be a movement endorsing a bicameral knesset, one with a lower house representing Israel’s Arabs and giving them a “confederated” voice. Like the original American colonies in the time just before and after the Revolutionary War, before a Constitution was ratified, each Colony joined in a confederation and its views were represented and taken seriously in the “Continental Congress.” Israel must become a confederation with its Arab population having power through a legislative chamber to affect all policy, except perhaps war. Only when the Israeli Arabs have genuine legislative input will Jewish leaders be sympathetic to their interests. If they vote for their own representatives in a “lower chamber” (the British model of the House of Commons), the entire issue of whether Israel can be Jewish when Arab voters exceed their voting number, goes away. I speak as an ardent Zionist deeply committed to a secure Israel, but against the non-Democratic theocracy she has become.

    from the article: Israel can't be a democracy with two classes of citizens
    First published 01:33 02.12.10 | Last updated 01:33 02.12.10
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