"Has anyone on this chat ever been to israel? Almost half of all jewish-israelis speak Arabic and almost half of those speak it with total fluency." Where do you get your info? I'm an Israeli Arab who works closely with many Jews and I think your numbers are WAY OFF! If I had to guess, the numbers are more like 20% and half of them might speak it fluently - especially if they've had any connection with the Foreign Ministry or the secret services.
Ya'alon has 'total confidence' in deputy chief, decries political attempts to harm IDF (Haaretz)
from the article: First Arab, then Israeli and finally Palestinian