Jewish-Arab Relations in Israel
Newspaper: Jewish Herald
subjects:Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Arabs of Israel, Jewish Majority, Palestinians. Human Rights - Equal rights. Greater Land of Israel - Greater Israel. Security - Self-Defense, Six-Day War, War of Independence
Begin replies to a Knesset member's open letter to him regarding the future of Palestinian people. He first states that by talking about Palestine or Palestinian people, then kibbutzniks are not farmers, but conquerors and invaders. Then he disagrees with the opinion that the cities of Bethlehem and Hebron are not part of Israel. He also disagrees with the vision of a bi-national State. This is because there are not only Jews and Arabs in Israel, there are also Druze. Additionally, Begin argues that many States are multi-ethnic, and, the countries that consist of one ethnic group are not necessarily peaceful. The third point Begin touches upon is that unlike minorities in many other countries, Arabs in Israel are given cultural self-determination. In his conclusion, he talks about the new "apologetic" or "justifying" Israeli. He does not believe Israelis need to justify their existence in Israel, and so he suggests that they disappear.