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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Shocking: Golan Druze would rather be part of Israel than Syria

Syria may want Israel to give it the Golan Heights, but if you ask the area's Druze residents (let alone the Jewish ones), they'd rather be part of Israel than part of Syria.
While the Knesset debates the new Golan referendum law, the Druze community of the Golan are concerned about their status. In an interview with Arutz 7 newsradio, Dr. David Bukai, Professor of Middle East Studies at Haifa University said that many fear life under Syria and prefer being Israeli. Syria controlled the Golan Heights from 1948-1967 and has often demanded control of the region.

The Druze are sometimes considered ethnically Arab but have a separate religion. There are several Druze Knesset Members including Ayoub Kara (Likud), Majali Whbee( Kadima) and Said Naffaa (Balad).
But the Druze who are in Jewish parties are definitely pro-Israel (i.e. the first two on that list). Many Druze serve in the IDF.


At 8:45 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

On Netanyahu's initiative, the referendum bill's final passage is apparently being shelved for the time being.

Only in Israel is holding a national referendum considered controversial, despite the fact vurtually every other Western country has had some kind of referendum law!

Why Israel's leaders don't trust the country to decide life and death questions is truly a mystery.

What could go wrong indeed

At 4:46 AM, Blogger Droid said...

We should support the Druze, they are our brothers and allies.


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