A new report of the Macro Center for Political Economics shows that the Israeli government spending on settlements and settlers in all aspects of life is more than double their percentage of the total population of Israel. This is particularly the case in government-sponsored settlement construction. While settlers comprised 4.5% of the total Israeli population, settlement construction accounted for 10.2% of the total government construction. This percentage does not include settlers in settlement quarters in occupied Jerusalem.

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 50th anniversary of the occupation, Israel-based Davar Rishon newspaper conducted interviews early this month with five Israelis who “adopt crystallised, complementary and integral visions on the future of Judea and Samaria (West Bank)”. These proposed four different options on the future of Israel and the West Bank. Davar Rishon made clear that the “only common

Saturday, September 25, 2021

MADAR CENTER

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.

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