Ha’aretz reports on some interesting poll findings:
A recent opinion poll conducted by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government found that 77 percent of Israeli Arabs would rather live in Israel than in any other country in the world.
The survey of 1,721 Israelis, both Arab and Jewish, also showed that 73 percent of the Jews and 94 percent of the Arabs want Israel to “be a society in which Arab and Jewish citizens have mutual respect and equal opportunities.”
The Kennedy School said in a statement that the poll produced a number of results it termed surprising, pointing to a higher level of co-existence than might have been anticipated.
Actually, the poll findings are only “interesting” and “surprising” given the fact the media and other assorted haters of Israel would like everyone to think that Israel is an apartheid state that makes its Arab citizens miserable.
And this is acknowledged – at least when it comes to the media’s role – by the lead researcher for the poll.
However, Professor Todd Pittinsky, research director of the Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership and lead researcher for the poll, said that the results pointed to a contrary phenomenon. Much media coverage focuses on the divisions between Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel, and not enough on the sincere and concerted efforts to coexist peacefully, Pittinsky said in a statement.
But those of us who live here, talk with many Israeli Arabs, see what is going on, and are intellectually honest, know that the Arabs here live more comfortably than anywhere else in the Middle East. Sure, there is room for improvement, but that doesn’t change the fact that Israel is anything but an apartheid state.
For us, the poll just confirms the bleeding obvious.