Nation­al Minor­i­ty, Region­al Major­i­ty: Pales­tin­ian Arabs Ver­sus Jews in Israel

Yitzhak Reit­er
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By – August 26, 2011
In this eye-open­ing work Yitzhak Reit­er con­structs a new soci­o­log­i­cal par­a­digm by sug­gest­ing that Israel is a Jew­ish major­i­ty in a sea of Arabs. What sounds sim­plis­tic is actu­al­ly sig­nif­i­cant. Because Israelis are the major­i­ty with­in Israel, and because Arabs liv­ing with­in Israel are their minor­i­ty, Israelis tend to view all Arabs as a minor­i­ty — but of course the rest of the region views Israel as the minor­i­ty it is.
Reiter’s par­a­digm has impor­tant impli­ca­tions for Israel’s minor­i­ty Arab pop­u­la­tion and for Israel’s role in the Mid­dle East. It points to ways in which the Israeli per­cep­tion of Israel might have to change.
Read­ers will be left with a new per­spec­tive on Israeli soci­ety and a bet­ter under­stand­ing of the Mid­dle East and of Israel’s posi­tion in the region.
Mic­ah D. Halpern is a colum­nist and a social and polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor. He is the author of What You Need To Know About: Ter­ror, and main­tains The Mic­ah Report at www​.mic​ah​halpern​.com.

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