Israel's Arab Minority:
Safeguarding Their Rights
Like a becalmed ship, Israel’s foreign policy stands ominously still. About the dramatic events in and around Syria she can do nothing. Against the renewed supply of U.S. arms to Jordan she could make only a routine protest at the United Nations. And solving the long deadlock over the Arab refugees is something she firmly regards as outside her power: the initiative is supposed to be with the other side.
But becalmed sailors are not necessarily idle. The Arab Israel problem has its domestic aspect in the status of the Arab minority in Israel, and there have been a number of signs in recent months that the authorities are making fresh efforts to improve relations with this (hapless minority. The attempt is timely, for the problem of the 200,000 Arabs who have remained in Israel is not really separable from that of the 900,000 who fled and have since become the biggest single stumbling block in the way of peace.
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