I stand corrected on this. Yet the government of Israel does place difficulties on Palestinians in this respect: A Palestinian Arab in Israel who marries a Palestinian from the West Bank is not allowed to live legally in Israel. At the same time, no such restriction is placed on Jews. A Jewish squatter settler living in the West Bank can marry a Jew living in Israel and both are free to come and go without restriction. A Palestinian Arab Israeli would be unlikely to consider himself as someone with full citizenship rights under these circumstances.
[quote=Ridgerunner]Why do you think Jews in the West Bank (about 1/3 of the total population there) feel compelled to live in fortified areas? It’s because they’re not safe otherwise due to Arab Muslim terrorism.
You seem to take as a naturally occurring given the rising Jewish population in the West Bank, when this is the root of the whole problem: the systematic usurpation of Palestinian lands, permitted by the government of Israel. Moshe Dayan’s “creeping annexation” in practice. To attribute Palestinian resentment of such treatment as due to “Arab Muslim terrorism”, I think, belittles the legitimate grievances of the Palestinians.
[quote=Ridgerunner] Arabs in Israel, however, do not have to fortify where they live.
No. At least not yet. But with the increasingly rightward drift of Israeli politics, the Palestinian Arabs are, as I’ve said, becoming an increasingly isolated and resented minority.
[quote=Ridgerunner]And actually, the overwhelming majority in Israel and the West Bank combined, are Israeli Jews. The West Bank is a tiny place geographically and only has a population of about two and a half million, 1/3 of whom, as I said, are Jews.
I think your population figures are off. There are approximately 4.4 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, and about 1.6 million Palestinian Arabs in Israel. Now, I’ll again ask: what happens to these 6 million Palestinians should they become absorbed into one “greater Israel” state? The Likud government seems to be doing everything in its power to stifle a viable independent Palestinian state. What does Israel do with 6 million Palestinians in a “greater Israel”? Population projections are that Jews in Israel could very well be a minority before long in such as state. Which is why serious people in Israel are concerned about the implications of the ongoing “creeping annexation” of the West Bank.
IMO, calling on John Kerry to apologize or resign for giving voice to this serious concern is patently absurd.