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Israel's Arabs Are Unimpressed by Politicians' Promises to Halt Crime

Promises to fight violence in the Arab community have been heard from every possible platform, but Arabs' sense of personal security is at all-time low

Jack Khoury
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For the Arab community, the amount of olive oil produced has always been the acid test of how successful the olive harvest was. Now, it’s applying the same standard to the war on rampaging crime – the acid test will be how much, if at all, the number of victims declines.

The government has recently issued a flood of statements, plans and decisions on this issue, including some that have been submitted to the Knesset for approval and some that are awaiting the Finance Ministry’s okay. The prime minister, public security minister and senior police officers have been spouting cliches like “We’re at war,” “We’re losing the country” and “We have to restore governability.”

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