By Simon Fischler
The burning of a mosque in the Israeli Beduin town of Tuba Zanghariya was a morally, despicable act that must be condemned by all Israelis.
Even though I condemn this act and all acts like it, one must ask the Arab citizens of Israel, what did you really think was going to happen?
Do my Arab co-patriots not understand that when they continually elect leaders who espouse the most anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric, they make themselves appear as a fifth column?
The 80 percent Jewish population of Israel is rightly sick and tired of the incessant whining from their Arab co-patriots.
Not only are Israeli Arabs the freest in the world, but they also do not have to shoulder the responsibility of protecting their country.
Only Jews, Druze and Circassians have mandatory army duty.
One must imagine how upsetting it can be for the parents of soldiers in the I.D.F who protect all Israelis, Arabs included, when they see an Israeli Arab leader like Ahmed Tibi fly to Washington with the Palestinians and Mahmoud Abbas.
Shouldn’t Israeli Arabs be asking Mr. Tibi why he spends so much time concerned with the Palestinians and not with the problems confronting Arabs in Israel?
How do you expect Jewish Israelis to feel when they see Knesset Member Hanin Zoubi join the hate flotilla to Gaza, then espouse the most appallingly false, anti-Semitic rhetoric against her fellow citizens and the soldiers who protect them?
Zoubi could easily be branded a traitor to the Knesset she supposedly serves, a traitor to the citizens of Israel by condoning ethnic hatred and therefore a traitor to the state of Israel. If this were a Muslim country, she would undoubtedly be shot or stoned to death for jeopardizing the lives of the soldiers forced to board the Mavi Marmara.
It is time for Israeli Arabs to wake up: either you get with the program, or you will end up losing big time.
1948 should be a good reminder of what will happen if the Arabs of Israel do not choose to accept Israel as it is, the Jewish Nation State where Arabs enjoy all the freedoms and rights of their co-patriots.
If the Arabs of Israel do not learn this and learn it quickly, these horrible acts will only increase.