There was no reason for the shocked reactions in Israel following the disclosure
that the suspected perpetrator of the bus bombing in Tel Aviv last week was a
Palestinian Arab who had been granted Israeli citizenship to facilitate a
This category of Arab Israelis had been implicated
before in terror, espionage, assorted conspiracies to undermine Israeli security
and random crime.
Hence, any sense of surprise is misplaced. If anything,
this should serve as a reminder. Too many have, for example, forgotten Shadi
Tubassi, the suicide bomber who murdered 16 Israelis at a Haifa restaurant a
decade ago. He too was allowed here for “family reunion.”
The danger is
so potent that even our ultra-liberal High Court of Justice had seen fit – on
several occasions, despite its proclivities – not to disallow government
attempts (via citizenship legislation provisions) to stem the tide of
Palestinian migration into Israel proper. That migration is seen by many as the
implementation by the back door of what the Palestinians dub their “right of
One of the most frequent arguments in favor of relinquishing
beyond-the-Green-Line territory is the need to safeguard our Jewish majority.
That’s why Jerusalem so steadfastly rejects the Palestinians’ insistence on
their right to inundate Israel with the progeny of purported Palestinian
Yet while demographic apprehensions are regarded as cogent on
the territorial issue, Israel has incongruously flung the door open to the
precise demographic peril that dominates our polemics.
most Israelis, the Oslo Accords made possible a steady stream of Arab
immigration via family reunion schemes, directly adding well over 140,000 Arabs
to Israel’s population in the 1990s. Additionally, untold thousands likely
reside here illegally. Israel’s Arab communities are awash with illegals and the
police fear to crack down.
Some 100,000 Palestinians work in Israel. It’s
time to revoke and/or discontinue their work permits. Anything less puts us all
at risk. The general public is unaware that the numbers of Arabs from beyond the
Green Line employed in Israel has nearly reached levels that existed prior to
the 2000 intifada.
Arguments that the Palestinian Authority’s economy
depends on giving its population jobs here are unconscionable both from a
demographic standpoint but all the more for pressing security needs. The
argument, from our end, that these laborers are essential for construction and
agriculture are equally as unacceptable when weighed against the danger to
The security fence notwithstanding, scores of thousands of
Arabs are allowed to visit here and many don’t leave.
Moreover, for years
post-Oslo, when a Palestinian married an Israeli spouse, his/her entire extended
family moved here as well and was accorded Israeli citizenship.
cases, especially among the Beduin, polygamous marriages are involved, with
dozens of children per one oversized nuclear family.
It must be stressed
that nothing prevents mixed couples from setting up joint households beyond the
Demographers reckon that by now substantially more than
400,000 of Israel’s Arab sector were added on in the aftermath of
They’re also enticed by the living higher standards here and
greater economic opportunities – as Arabs flocking in since early on in the 20th
century have been throughout, despite waging uncompromising war against this
country’s Jews. Though viciously demonized by the Arab media, Israel curiously
remains an ever-attractive destination.
In view of all this, maintaining
its current demographic balance isn’t a matter of preference for Israel but of
life and death.
Arabs may have very cogent reasons for preferring Israel
to their native domiciles, but Israel’s fear of being overrun is no less of a
good reason to assiduously maintain legal bulwarks to preserve the continued
existence of the world’s only Jewish state. The Arab world, with over 20 states
and combined territory greater than the entire European continent and the US put
together, should suffice for those seeking to emigrate.
minister Amnon Rubinstein wrote in this newspaper years ago, “Those who claim
that human rights demand Israel commit national suicide – because without a
Jewish majority, there is no Israel – are also endangering the standing of human