Why Israel's Top Political Islamist Is So Comfortable Talking About a Jewish State

'Israel was born a Jewish state and will remain so,' said United Arab List head Mansour Abbas. And then the hyperbole, from all sides, began. So how significant were his remarks?

Anshel Pfeffer
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"Israel was born a Jewish state and will remain so," said Mansour Abbas at a conference on Tuesday, and immediately invited upon himself withering attacks from all quarters.

The right-wing opposition was quick to dredge up other things Abbas had said in the past which seemed to contradict his latest statement. On the other side, Abbas’ political rivals in the Joint List were quick to accuse him of trying to erase their own Palestinian identity and connection to the land.  

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