Sertorio wrote: ↑Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:27 amIf all Arab residents in the West Bank were to become Israeli citizens, Israel would have a total of 4.7 million Arab citizens, against close to 7 million Jewish citizens. As it is to be expected that both groups would converge to a similar rate of growth, I do not think that the Jewish population would ever risk becoming a minority. So, why not?Ellen wrote: ↑Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:04 amIsrael is in some ways a quasi-theocracy. One of my close friends complains about this all the time.
But, what is the difference between a Jewish quasi-theocracy and an Islamic full-blown theocracy?
The Muslim theocracy wants to wage permanent jihad against all of its neighbors, the Western world, and most of its own citizens who are now secular. That's a tall order of battle for a not-very-competent regime with little cash flow.
In contrast, what does Israel's quasi theocracy want to accomplish with its limited power? They want strict public observance of the laws concerning kosher food, observance of the Sabbath, and prevention of conversions that are less stringent than the ultraorthodox variety. Who is bothered by these things in the whole world? Nobody except the citizens of Israel and potential immigrants who were not born of a Jewish mother or are not willing to undergo the very demanding Orthodox conversion procedure. Most of the world's 7 billion inhabitants have no reason to care one way or the other.
So, I wouldn't compare the two.
Regarding the Palestinians. Gaza is already an independent state whose inhabitants want to flee to anywhere in the world they can get admitted to. It effectively is already part of Egypt. The West Bank will never be a Palestinian state. The Arab parts of it will be attached to the future Palestinian state in Jordan. The Hashemite Kingdom is on its last legs. If the Palestinians have any real desire for a state (I doubt that they do), that is where their efforts should be focused. They will never get citizenship in Israel.
Left unsaid in all of this is the nature of the Arab population anxious to subvert and destroy Israeli culture and ultimately the nation of Israel. Why should civilized folks view with favor a bunch of unaccomplished Arabs squatting in Palestine, anxious to slaughter Israelis at the behest of savage Muslim clerics?
In contrast to the "Palestinians," the considerably more accomplished Iranians are burdened with primitive clergy pledged to destroy Israel. Cynical "deals" with western entities will never deter its clergy from its desire to develop nuclear weapons. The hope here is that put-upon Iranians will kick out said clergy.