The Negev Bedouin are invisible when they need public services, not least the police; but the Bedouin are the all-too-visible targets of an effective indoctrination effort which vilifies them as the country's enemy.
Assuming that a stable society is a shared interest, the participation of a minority in the democratic system is something all Israelis should desire.
From a turnout of 75 percent in the national election of 1999, the voting rate among Arabs had declined to 54.4 percent a decade later.
In Arab society, the employment rates are much lower than those in Jewish society. Gaps in the investment in education and the lack of employment areas, public transportation and childcare day centers, are just a few of the factors that make it difficult for Arab citizens to fit into the work market.
Is it rational to believe that we can embrace the Arab minority economically, but assault it in all other ways?
For those of us who live here, it is something we take for granted. But visitors from abroad cannot believe their eyes.
Rather than bring our society together, the idea of imposing mandatory military service on Israel’s Arab-Palestinian citizens would only undermine the vision of a shared future for all Israelis.