On May 14, 1948, the state of Israel was resurrected as well as the vision of a peaceful nation that upheld democratic values in alignment with Jewish principles. The ensuing war forced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to flee the area. The Palestinians who chose to stay behind became a minority group of the territory. The war had a significant impact on the relationship between Jewish and Arabs inside of Israel. Israel actively encouraged and pursued the emigration of Jews into its nation, while preventing the return of Palestinian refugees. Known as the “1948 Arabs”— Palestinian Arabs did not become Israeli citizens out of their own free...
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...This could be achieved through the adoption of a constitution, which has been intermittently stressed by Israelis in the face of a lagging government.
Ever since the establishment of Israel, the dilemma of maintaining a Jewish state while regarding the civil liberties of the non-Jewish population has been an arduous journey. Division from Palestinians will only highlight the problem of the Arab-Israeli community, forcing Israel’s Jewish and Arab populations to face their long-standing relations. The community of Arabs and the issue of their weight on demography as well as their dual Israeli identity have heightened tensions in Israel’s legal and political structures. All of these factors have produced a divided multicultural society rather than a homogeneous identity that would cross ethnic, religious and political tensions that was imagined by David Ben Gurion.
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