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Monday, June 23, 2008

Study: 77% of Arabs would rather live in Israel than anyplace else

A Harvard study of Israeli Arabs indicates that 77% of Israel's Arab population would rather live in Israel than in any other country in the world.
The survey was conducted by the John Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with the assistance of researchers from Haifa University.

The study was aimed at examining the relations between Israel's Jewish and Arab citizens on the State's 60th anniversary, and included 1,721 respondents.

The findings also revealed that a great majority of Israel's citizens (73% of the Jews and 94% of the Arabs) want to live in a society in which Arab and Jewish citizens have mutual respect and equal opportunities.

The study went on to show that 68% of Jewish citizens support teaching conversational Arabic in Jewish schools to help bring Arab and Jewish citizens together, and 69% believe contributing to coexistence is a personal responsibility.

Sixty-six percent of Jewish citizens and 84% of Arab citizens believe the Israeli government investments should begin now, and not wait until the end of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
That would agree with this poll whose results I published several months ago.
A poll carried out by University of Haifa last month revealed that 75 percent of Israeli Arabs between the ages of 16 and 22 support voluntary national service. The poll also found that the vast majority of the Arab public is unaware of the national service. 77.4 percent overall and 79.6 percent of youth said they know little or nothing about the program. Moreover, the poll found that once given basic information about conditions in the national service and its goals, not only were Israeli Arab youth supportive of the idea, but so were 71.9 percent of all Arab men and 83.8 percent of all Arab women. In contrast, some 80 percent of members of Arab political parties opposed national service.
Of course, the question I asked then remains unanswered:
If the Israeli Arabs are as pro-Israel as Glick depicts them, why do they keep returning the likes of Ahmad Tibi, Taleb a-Sanah and Azmi Bishara (who has fled the country) to the Knesset? Is someone looking to see whose slips they are placing in their ballot envelopes?
The mystery remains.


At 10:20 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Israeli Arabs were never pro-Israel. They look on the state as a helpful stranger but not as a family member. That's the most benign thing one can say about them since Israel is a Jewish State and the Arabs are never going to be faithful to the country on that count. And no Jew in Israel expects them to be loyal to the country that has to fight wars with their own people outside of it and its that same reason Israeli Arabs don't have to perform army service.

At 5:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

""Study: 77% of Arabs would rather live in Israel than anyplace else"

An Arab Israel or a Jewish Israel?


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