Bilingual Education Flourishes in Israel, but Only in Cities

'My first reaction to hearing Arabic on the streets was fear,' says one mother.

Moran Ofek closed registration for his bilingual preschool in Haifa in just 10 days, after 44 children, Arabs and Jews between the ages of one and four, were signed up by their parents. Similar excitement was felt in Jaffa, as a bilingual preschool opened there earlier this year and filled up in similar fashion. The interest garnered by these preschools, run by the “Yad B’Yad”...