Sign: Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies (Photo: Gil Moskovitch)
YNetNews By: Elyakim Haetzni
Op-ed: Inciters are trying to rip the coexistence between Arabs and Jews apart. Yet, despite this, there are still many Arabs who continue to try and live peacfully with Jews.
The decrease in the intensity of the intifada which the prime minister recently spoke about, is not quantitatively significant. The terrorists failed both in the street and in its overarching purpose to tear at the fabric of the day-to-day lives of both Jews and Arabs—in factories, markets, restaurants, universities, businesses, malls, elevators, and hospitals.
During even the bloodiest days of violence, we saw Jews and Arabs continuing to live their lives, working amongst and with each other. The inciters didn’t dare publicly call for a halt to this relationship. They know that there’s no chance of that happening.
If Israel can pass this test of coexistence despite the poisonous atmosphere, will the Jewish State become stronger or weaker? Take into consideration the call for separation in hospitals; does this not play into the hands of Israel’s enemies, whose goal is to tear Jerusalem and other Arab areas away from Israel? Just as separation between Jews and Arabs isn’t a religious obligation, it also isn’t a national ambition. Therefore, the polemic on the separation of maternity wards has nothing to do with the controversy between the Right and the Left.
I’ve never been in a maternity ward, but I do know the insides of hospital rooms, and there were almost always Arabs in the rooms with their families as well. The amount of noise they make is the same as a Jewish family. And as for the medical staff—Jewish and Arab doctors, nurses and management: This is what the peace that everyone talks about looks like.