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Haredim Yes, Arabs No

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Who came up with “just no Arabs” as a principle for building governing coalitions?

Why yes to haredim and no to Arabs? Why is United Torah Judaism wooed and the Joint List rejected? If the criteria for entry into society are the creed of Zionism and army service, does that mean the haredim are more Zionist than the Arabs? Do they enlist in greater numbers? If it’s so hard for us with the Joint List, why don’t we just be done with it – who needs them there? Just to be our fig leaf? To justify the shred of democracy that is still barely clinging to our Jewish state?

Maybe we should even remove them entirely from the Jewish and democratic society so all we’ll have left are human rights and equality of the pure and totally kosher? After all, they’ll never be true partners and never take pride in the amazing and terrible blow with which we’ll pulverize Gaza one day. How did it come about that “just no Arabs” is accepted so naturally, even by good and tolerant folks? Whom do we thank for the boycott? Who deserves the accolades? The answer lies in the 72 years of education that instilled the sense of our superiority versus their inferiority, our justice versus their lies.........

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