The “status of Arabs in Israel” is one of the most controversial issues between segments of the “Jewish national majority”. It is clear that the “camp which casts doubt on, or is even hostile to, the idea of equal inclusion of the Arabs in Israel is clearly the largest compared to that which is willing to abandon its preferential status in favour of integrating the Arab public into the state and society affairs on an equal footing. In most cases, the latter camp does not waive the definition of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people”!

On the other hand, the “tension between the Arabs and Jews in Israel” ranks first in the list of “social tensions within the State of Israel”. Compared to 47% and 50% of the Arabs and Jews respectively in 2012, 50% of the Arabs and 68% of the Jews believed that this tension (between the Arabs and Jews) was the strongest and sharpest in Israel in 2016.

The above are two of the most significant findings reached by a new research paper of the Israel Democracy Institute. Titled A Limited Partnership: Arabs and Jews in Israel 2017, the paper was published in a 184-page book early in November 2017.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021


The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.