'Jewish Nation-State' Bill Undermines The Jewish State

December 4, 2014 5:06 PM

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Israel's Arab citizens have had a difficult history. Although living in the Middle East's most advanced society economically and technologically, they suffer discrimination in housing and job opportunities, and their political representatives have never truly had a share in national power. It was not until late in 1993 that Arab Members of Knesset played a critical role in keeping a government in power, supporting Yitzhak Rabin from outside of the official coalition, following the withdrawal of the Haredi Shas party.

In return, Rabin delivered a more equitable share of the national budget to Arab municipalities and schools. But when Arab voters overwhelmingly supported Ehud Barak in his victory over Benjamin Netanyahu in 1999, they went unrewarded. For example, instead of possibly elevating one or two of the thr...

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