"Arabic was the language of the state in which we lived, that is all!!!" I think that Mr. Sami Michael - the best known Iraqi Jew who lives in Israel - will strongly disagree with your above statement. "By the way, our young`s mother tongue in Israel is Hebrew and indeed, the overwhelming majority of us speak only Hebrew!!!" Sorry to hear this because from my own personal experience I can tell you that this results in a wide communication gap between the older & younger generations. How do you feel when your father can't communicate well with your children?
from the article: Israeli Arabs smash world record for largest 'Debke' folk dance