Is Israel a terrible place for Arabs? Most Arabs living here do not seem to think so. In fact, most prefer to remain in Israel, polls indicate.
Oppression? Apartheid state? Persecution? Racism? A poll recently commissioned by Channel 10 and conducted by the Statnet research institute, which is headed by Israeli Arab statistician Yousef Makladeh, shows that the vast majority of Arabs living in Israel, including Judea and Samaria, would much rather live under Israeli administration than under the Palestinian Authority (PA).
The Arabs participating in the poll were asked: “Under which authority do you prefer to live, Israel or the Palestinian Authority?” A whopping 77 percent preferred Israel.
Professor Sammy Smooha, a sociologist from the University of Haifa, told the Jerusalem Post that the survey’s findings appear reasonable.
Smooha points out that his own annual opinion survey, the Index of Arab-Jewish Relations in Israel, shows that 64 percent of Arabs said Israel is a good country in which to live. According to the survey, only 21 percent of Arabs were willing to move to a Palestinian state.
Palestinians Say PA is Corrupt
These findings are not surprising, considering the feedback from Arabs living in PA-run territory, including a recent poll.
It is known in Israel that Arabs are employed by and receive service at all government offices. They study at all universities, including Ariel University in Samaria, and serve as judges, IDF officers and parliamentarians. They are accepted in all walks of Israeli life.
By: United with Israel Staff
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