4.) Many Arabs in the “occupied” territories actually work in construction for Israeli settlers. That’s right — many Arabs have jobs because they build those evil settlements that President Obama has furiously sought to halt. According to Rabbi Ben Packer, when settlement construction slows down, Arab employment decreases accordingly.
5.) Many Israelis I spoke to are very bitter about the continued detention of Jonathan Pollard—the Israeli spy who has been imprisoned in America for 27 years. There were many in the Israeli government who wanted Shimon Peres to refuse to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Obama, unless Pollard was set free. Of course, that did not happen. Moshe Feiglin told us he did not feel like celebrating American independence on July 4th while his “brother” Jonathan Pollard was still imprisoned.
6.) There is a member of Likud in the Israeli Knesset, Ayoob Kara, who makes Bibi Netanyahu look like Jeremy Ben Ami. Mr. Kara is extremely hawkish on matters of Israeli security, and does not believe in a two state solution because “it would cause war.” He believes that Israel “must be strong and must remain Jewish,” and spearheaded the movement to pass the Israeli allegiance law, that so many on the left railed against. He conveyed his loyalty to Israel, saying, “I would give up all my uncles and brothers for Israel.” He told us that the problem with the Middle East is Islamic Fundamentalism, and that this region of the world is not ready for democracy—a critique of the so-called “Arab Spring.”
Now, you may be wondering why Mr. Kara’s right-wing views are significant–well, because he is a non-Jewish Arab, and a member of the unique Druze religion. The Druze, who number about 100,000 in Israel, serve in the Israeli military and are generally very loyal to the Jewish State. Ayoob Kara and his fellow Druze illustrate, by their very existence, that Israel is hardly the apartheid country that Jimmy Carter and other leftists so often claim.
7.) Lastly, here is one more important fact for those who think Israel is a racist country that oppresses its minorities: Out of the 120-member Israeli Knesset (Israel’s legislature), a record 16 are currently not Jewish, including Haneen Zoabi, who was on the Gaza Flotilla. Despite participating in an act of war against her country, she still remains in office. It seems as though Israel bends over backwards to protect its minorities, even those who support its enemies.
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