This Is the Most Radical Experiment Israeli-Arab Society Has Undergone

With quiet determination, the leader of the United Arab List is pushing ahead with redefining the identity of Israel's Arab public

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Abbas, pictured earlier this year, during coalition negotiations, has become the most influential Arab politician in Israel’s history.
Abbas, pictured earlier this year, during coalition negotiations, has become the most influential Arab politician in Israel’s history.

Three weeks ago, United Arab List leader Dr. Mansour Abbas dropped one of the most dramatic political bombshells that’s been heard in Israeli discourse for some years. Astonishingly, it attracted very limited attention among both the Jewish or Arab publics. In the course of a tempestuous interview in the studio of the Nazareth-based Kul al-Arab news site, which addressed the UAL’s integration in the coalition, Abbas said, “Whether we like it or not, Israel is a Jewish state, and my central goal is to define the status of the country’s Arab citizens. I view myself as a citizen in the full sense of the word, who deserves to receive full civil rights.”

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