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November 25, 2014

Where's the Coverage? Israeli Arabs Prefer Israel to Palestinian Authority


The mainstream media relishes reporting on a proposed bill being debated in Israel that would identify the Jewish state as the nation-state of the Jewish people. News outlets are falling over themselves to quote the bill’s critics and Israel’s critics, regurgitating the tired accusations about Israel’s broken or failing or stained democracy and how anti-Arab and racist Israel must be.

But, they are utterly silent about a new poll released by Israel’s Channel 10 News and conducted by the Statnet Research Institute, headed by Israeli Arab statistician Yousef Makladeh. Israel Today reports:

Makladeh asked fellow Arabs plainly and clearly: "Under which authority do you prefer to live, Israel or the Palestinian Authority?"

A full 77 percent of respondents chose Israel.

The vast majority – over three quarters – of Israeli Arabs prefer to live under the “racist�? “apartheid regime�? of Israel rather than under the Palestinian Authority.

According to The Jerusalem Post:

Prof. Sammy Smooha, a sociologist from the University of Haifa, told the 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 (based on a random representative sample of 700 face-to-face interviews of those 18 and up, taken in fall 2013), shows that 63.5% of Arabs said Israel is a good place to live.

It also found that only 20.9% of the Arabs are willing to move to a Palestinian state.

These facts seem to undermine the popular media narrative. Is that the reason we’re forced to ask… Where’s the coverage?

Posted by SC at November 25, 2014 06:02 PM


just by the way, Sami Smooha is a longtime Communist.

Posted by: Elliott at November 27, 2014 12:15 PM

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