According to a study by Professor Sammy Smooha of the University of Haifa, 63.5% of Israeli Arabs consider Israel to be a good place to live. The study, titled “The Index of Arab-Jewish Relations in Israel,” draws on 700 face-to-face interviews with a national representative sample of Israeli Arabs and 700 phone interviews with Israeli Jews. It has been conducted annually since 2003.Actually, this shouldn’t be shocking at all. There is no Arab country in which citizens enjoy anything close to the rights that Arabs in Israel do. Given the choice between corrupt, impoverishing rule and a full democracy where prosperity and opportunity exist, the real surprise is that so many think there is another choice.
The Tower reports that, not only did nearly two-thirds of Israeli Arabs say Israel is a good place to live in 2013, this is an increase from 2012’s figure of 58.5%.
And that is not the only number that is up. The percentage of Israeli Arabs who accepted Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state rose to 52.8% from 47.4% the year before. That is a majority.
Further, the number of Israeli-Arabs who accept their identity as such without identifying as Palestinians increased from 32.5% in 2012 to 42.5% in 2013. That is a nearly 33% jump.
But of course, accepting Israel’s virtues means accepting the presence of infidels in land once conquered by Muslims.
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Comment: I share this particularly with my Western readers so the correct narrative is at the very least available to be read. The degree to which this data contradicts or is in conflict with the beliefs you hold on this subject, please be available to discover the truth. I live here in Israel, I have Israeli-Arab employees working for me in one of my businesses, I shop with these good people, I ride on buses, planes and go to all manners of public places and events with them. I have colleagues and friends who are Israeli-Arabs, so please the next time you hear how mistreated, abused and oppressed they are, please ponder before you speak. Ask yourself to what advantage do people who spin the oppression narrative want me to add to their support-you are being used. Don't accept or believe what I write, I invite you to come live with us for a minimum of a month to see authentic Israel.