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In every Arab-Israeli dialogue, I have seen a tremendous amount of self-serving and evasive hypocrisy about the real basic issues on both sides. Moreover, this duality of "Jewish State" versus "state of all its citizens" applies a standard of "democracy" that is applied nowhere else in the world. It assumes that the right of national self-determination of the Jewish people is somehow illegitimate, and must be submerged in an "Israeli" nationality which is something other than Jewish nationality. Since "Children of Israel" and "Jewish people" have been synonymous throughout most of Jewish history, this seems questionable. It is not clear what this nationality could be, and what characteristics it could have. Many of the Arabs who insist on equal rights with Jewish Israelis, who want Israel to be a state of all its citizens, do not want to be part of an Israeli "nationality" in the cultural sense apparently, but rather seem to insist that they are "Palestinians" and Arabs. So who will belong to this nationality, and what will characterize it? What language would the "Israelians" speak, if not Hebrew?
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