Friday, November 09, 2007

Huge Increase In Arabs Seeking Israeli Citizenship

Israel's Prime Minister Olmert and some of his cabinet ministers, most notably Avigdor Lieberman, have suggested a willingness to give up so-called "Arab neighborhoods" in Jerusalem. They argue this is a way of ridding Israel of some Arabs.

This populist argument flys in the face of reality.

On average in Jerusalem 300 Arabs a year seek Israeli citizenship. In the four months since talk of dividing Jerusalem has increased that number has exploded to over 3,000.

These numbers indicate that creating a Palestinian capital out of Arab neighborhoods will result in a flood of Arabs seeking Israeli citizenship and choosing to live in Jewish neighborhoods.

Why should they give up the security and the economic benefits of living in Israel?

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