All of the Arab citizens in Israel see themselves as an integral part of the Palestinian People and part of the Arab nation. The fact that they hold Israeli citizenship- which stems from their right to participate in the political process as equals, and as indigenous people living in their homeland- does not cancel or undermine their Palestinian-Arab identity. They should have the right to communicate and visit their compatriots in Syria and Lebanon. Needless to mention that Syria and Lebanon host about 900,000 Palestinian refugees who are mainly from the Galilee, all of whom have families in Israel. Damascus and Beirut are the main cultural centers in the Arab world, and Palestinians in Israel have the right to preserve and develop their own culture which is part and parcel of the big Arab culture. It is the interest of the Palestinians in Israel to preserve these relations, and therefore these trips serve an important interest of the Arab citizens.
Obama to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah in White House later this month (Reuters)
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