Israel as a state is dying for
continuous loss of national identity. In this article I will not explain how
much Israel void
international laws or UN resolutions, or War crimes against it leaders or Israel’s
deviation from humanity since its initiation as a Jewish state on Arab-Muslim
land. I will leave these issues for those more experienced than the writer. So
the article will follow sociological approach in the study of the loss of
Israeli national identity through the years, which I believe that much of what
is going on has roots in lack of internal identity for the Jewish state aggression
reflected on external identities such as Palestinian occupied territories and Arab
nature of Israeli society goes beyond the disagreement and debate inherent to a
healthy democracy,instead prompting the question of
six million citizens actually want to be
"Israeli." (including the Arab Israeli citizens from 1948
equals 1.5 millions).
Canada and Europe,
democracy means universal
suffrage, an independent judiciary, and a culture that values expression.
Israel does not
have this understanding. Israel's
democracy is ethnic. To be a part of the collective, a citizen must be part of
the Jewish nation, something civil law can't afford to those of the Arab
nation, even though they are, ostensibly, equal citizens. Israel, as Yoav
Peled, a leading thinker on Jewish-Arab relations, has written, is ruled by
Jewish ethnos, not Israeli demos. The result: There is no such
thing as an Israeli nation. Democracy also means
that citizenship and nationality are one in the same. But not in Israel.
Israel lacks an identity that transcends subnational
units of ethnicity and religion, which can unify all citizens as equal members
of a shared state with a shared destiny reached through common goals.
The need for a viable Palestinian state in the
near future, as
single or binational state is may help in keeping Israel
surviving for a while. Such a state will emerge. No matter how long it takes. Now in Israel,I will give two
examples or decisions made concerning Arabs who constitute a little more than one-fifth of Israel's
Palestinian-Arabs population and growing who are citizens of Israel
since 19448. For discrimination and racist policies, taken by the military
courts like theCentral Elections Committee in Israel and its decision which was
in favor of disqualifying the
United Arab List from participating in next month's general elections on
grounds that it does not recognize the Jewish state and advocated armed
struggle against it. Atty. Gen. Menachem Mazuz has since said the decision was
based on flimsy legal evidence.
A similar ruling a few years ago was overturned by the Supreme Court. The
current ruling is being challenged by
Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. At the
initial court meeting today, Lieberman exchanged harsh words witha Palestinian Arab citizen in Israel by saying, "You're a. "You are a terrorist....
We will treat you like we treated Hamas."
With this type of racist behavior, The question after
this dispute over the rights of citizenship, Could future Jewish plans for
homeland democracyfully include Arabs or vise versa by practicing apartheid against
Arabs ?The last war, for now, is
over,many observers show that, Israel
loses by focusing, once more, on external threats rather than internal
failures. While eager to strike back against tens of frightening, but largely ineffective,
rockets, and apparently sensitive to the blunders made against Hamas in 2008, may have very well
failed Ultimately. This failure was obvious on
the attack on Lebanon
against Hizbullahin 2006.
Israelis have to notice that Such failures have gone largely unaddressed since Israel establishment will sendIsrael
to a tipping point more
dangerous to its existence
than any external
threat from Hamas, Hezbollah.
Normally, a country's internal instabilities are its
own business. In Israel's case, however, huge decisions demanding national
consensus are looming that will affect the future composition of Israel, peace
in the region, and security around the world. In question is not only the
relationship between Israel's Jews and Arabs, but also between religious and
secular on the
one hand and native-born and
immigrant on the
Israel needs to
ratify a constitution more than a set of laws that enshrines equal rights and
protections for all citizens; recognizes Israeli Arabs as the collective,
indigenous minority that they are; separates religion from state but still
preserves the Jewish character of the country and respecting other minority groups as well. Israel unlike Englandwhich is officially Christian, but the Jewish minority has no
trouble living there. Why Arabs in Israel,
have harsh and racist practices from Israel.A constitution is the ultimate symbol of national unity: one document
from which all citizens will be judged equally and fairly. Everyone under the law should
not be forgotten by the law.
Dealing with Israeli identity, Israel has none. Or may be there is one but ambiguous.It could in itself tear
the country apart, and it's why no Israeli leader has seriously missed that path. For example attacking external extremists has always been
preferable to confronting its own citizens.
For Israel to be at peace with its neighbors, it must
first be at peace with itself. Many scholars see that there are FOUR factors long delayed practices Israeli leaders and voters should work toward in building Israeli
identity which is
deteriorating and may strongly contribute tothedecline of state identity .
These are:: The state constitution, Zionism ideology, the
state educational system, and the national service.
The lack of a constitution is the most missing
deficiency of Israel's
democracy. Instead, it gets by on a collection of basic laws that enjoy ambiguous imperfect constitutional status. Such constitution is a must
to keep Israelgoing, otherwise it will contribute in Israel decline as a state.
2. I believe that education system as essential identity factor
of identity for all citizens. In reality, ofeveryday life , the education system is colored by ethnic groups, for
example, the majority secular
Jews enroll in public schools, similar to any other Western country. Religious
Jews can study in publicly funded religious schools. Largely underserved Arabs
attend schools taught in Arabic and framed by Arab history. These three groups of citizens attend three types of schools that deliver three kinds of curriculum. Each promote
different values which may contribute in destroying the state identity.
3. The Zionist ideology is a factor of decline in the
Israeli state which implies inflexibility of negotiation with Palestinians to
stop the conflict by increasing settlements, wall building and confiscating
Palestinian lands. Israel
needs to change its practices to perceive Palestinians as human beings have the
same inspiration to be independent secure state. Palestinians Israel have to understand that Goliath in history was their leader.
And they will make new Goliath victory someday over David. The two Intifadas
made by Palestinian new generations may create a new one until Israel to come
to its senses and get rid of Zionism forever. If these perceptions continues
may contribute of the loss of Israeli identity forever where in history they
were rejected and forced to flee the land . And the
new defeat for Jews in modern times will sign the end of Zionism. The idea like
the Vatican for Christians
all over the world will be much acceptable than a temporary Jewish state in the
4. By the factor of national service I mean contribution of all citizens in the civil
services.An Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported last year that Arab enlistment in
the army reached an all-time high (still only in the hundreds), and the
Knesset, Israel's parliament, is considering making civil service compulsory
for Arabs as it has been for Jews. But such debate lost support. Arabs are denied from
the military service, and no doubt that substantial number of Israeli Arabs if they join the
army will not
obey orders to fight their
families in the occupied territories.But serving one's own community in Israel through civil service makes
gives Arabs certain satisfaction demand for equal treatment. But Israeli society is forging an identity
consisted from children who
grow up with different understandings of their country? How do citizens learn
to live together when they are raised in a segregated environment? In conclusion Israel will be in serious trouble in the near
future, unless a Palestinian state agreed upon can be established, otherwise Israel will
remain in its own acute internal troubles much more self-killing than external