In 1948 and again in 1967, Israel made big steps to naturalize Palestinians living in annexed territories.
The Druze in the Golan, for example, have virtually all accepted citizenship, been given access to world-class education and healthcare for free, and volunteer for the army. They are free to travel anywhere in Israel, including the “Arab free” roads in Judea and Samaria. They have Israeli passports and enjoy every freedom given to people in the Western, democratic world.
The Palestinians living in cities like Umm Al-Faham, Haifa, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem were all given the same offer. In Haifa, Israeli Arabs live next door to Israeli Jews in peace. I will admit that there are problems. Racism is a major issue. There is some segregation between neighborhoods, but that is no different from “Black neighborhoods” and “Mexican neighborhoods” and “White neighborhoods” in the United States. They are all given the same rights.
So why do the Palestinians treat the Jews differently?
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made it clear that a future state called Palestine will not be a home to Jews.
“We have frankly said, and always will say: If there is an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, we won’t agree to the presence of one Israeli in it.”
In the same speech, he goes on to blame Benjamin Netanyahu for a lack of progress in the peace process. It sounds like Abbas is more concerned with Dhimmi living in his land than a sustainable peace.
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