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The Failure of ‘Head and Stomach’

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The “Head and Stomach argument” is an ideology that has penetrated every level of establishment Zionism since its inception. The dogmatic idea that the antidote to Arab violence and animosity is material amenities and political privileges, and any failure in Jewish-Arab relations therefore must be a Jewish failure to provide the Arabs with enough of these things, is in itself a failure and must be acknowledged as such. Israel must maintain its character as a moral leader while recognizing that the Arab minority will not be satisfied by microwaves and voting rights.

When the early Zionists looked to the inhabitants of Eretz Yisrael, they did not see much of an issue. For one, there were very few of them. In 1900, there were only about 450,000 Arabs living in Eretz Yisrael, less than half the number of Arab residing in the land when Israel declared independence in 1948 and less than a thirteenth of what it is today. For the few that were there, early Zionists saw much in common. Like them, Arabs were subjects of a foreign political order for which they did not........

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