The Israeli Arab conundrum
Because of the endless focus on the so-called peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the Arab citizens of the Jewish state often get overlooked. The issue periodically reawakens when an event is deemed newsworthy by the press. Ironically, though the Israeli media is usually sympathetic to this and any other “downtrodden minority” in the country, the events that bring the Israeli Arabs into the headlines usually involve some form of treasonous activity on their part.
This does not cause left-leaners to rethink their positions, however. On the contrary, if anything, it serves to reinforce their stance.
So, for example, when it turns out that an Arab citizen of the state has knowingly and willingly driven a suicide bomber to his destination at an Israeli restaurant, or when an Arab Knesset Member openly sides with Hezbollah in Syria or proudly sails on the Turkish flotilla to Gaza, enlightened pundits place the blame squarely on Israel’s shoulders.
The indictments coming from the Center and soft Left always read the same: If only the government had cultivated the Arabs in Israel’s midst, they would have become loyal citizens. If only the government were to provide the Arab municipalities with the proper budgets, they would have great sewage systems, smoothly paved roads, regular garbage collections and prettily painted playgrounds — all of which would turn them into happy campers, rather than a disgruntled fifth column.
The idea behind this and all liberal logic is that if certain people behave badly toward others, there must be a deep-seated reason which is somebody else’s fault. The solution, then, is not to punish the perpetrators, or even demand they take responsibility for their actions, but rather to understand the source of the personal, financial, social, racial, sexual problems or other factor that elicited those actions — and then to try and force the powers-that-be to “fix” the factor. Is it any wonder this never works?
It boggles the mind how otherwise intelligent people — as the Jews are purported to be — are capable of cleaving to the same old cause-and-effect claptrap, no matter how often it backfires. Basing policies on false premises is as good a recipe for success as the moral relativism that so often accompanies it.