Some Delusions Never Die
Just some of the "gems":
The chapter about relations with the state does not say that Israeli Arabs recognize Israel's Jewishness, but that they are willing to see it as a "joint homeland" for the two nations. (How big of them)
The Arabs want the right to veto government decisions on national issues that affect them. (How many minorities in a democracy have the right to veto government decisions?)
Israeli Arabs demand that during the next two decades Israel become a bi-national state alongside an independent Palestinian state. (UN decisions in 1948 notwithstanding)
The document demands changing the states symbols.
It further states that the Arab public does not see Israel's present government system as a democracy, but as an ethnocracy.
In short, the Israeli Arabs represented by this group deny the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state.
I don't know if this is a fringe group who hopped onto the UN gravy train, or if it represents the mainstream Arab public as they try to claim. For those on the extreme left who don't believe in Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state, their statements sound acceptable. For those of us on the right, who trace our country's Jewish roots all the way back to the Bible, which was "officially" sanctioned by the UN's decision in 1948, their statements seem delusional.
I am curious to see what those who consider themselves centrists, or even "center left" think about this. One of the main points made by many on the left is that we can achieve peace if we return to the pre-1967 borders, and that our settling of Judea and Samaria by Jews is the cause of the Arabs' dispute with us. The complete failure of this theory is apparent now to many after the disengagement from Gush Katif. Will this declaration further destroy this misconception?
Update: Uzi Benziman analyzes the situation in light of this declaration. I disagree with him on some points, but in general it seems to be a fair analysis.