Weekly Commentary: Personal Security of Israeli Arabs Precondition For
Effectively Clearing Out Illegal Weapons
Dr. Aaron Lerner 7 January 2023
We have a big problem.
Israeli Arab Karim Younis received a hero's welcome when he returned this
week to his hometown of Ara in the Haifa district, after completing his
sentence for kidnapping and killing soldier Avraham Bromberg back in 1983.
And it was not just his Israeli Arab neighbors in Ara which took the
position that the murder of an Israeli soldier was an act of heroism. Top
leaders of the Israeli Arab public saw fit to welcome him home and praise
This cannot be dismissed as some kind of one time occurrence.
The Israeli Arab leadership has also chosen to embrace the Israeli Arabs who
have been convicted by Israeli courts for intentionally assaulting Jews
which these Israeli Arab thugs chose to attack in the May 2021 riots. Jews
chosen at random solely because they were Jews.
So while on an individual basis we have fantastic relations with our Arab
cousins, in the background there is this challenge that, as a collective,
the Israeli Arabs appear to support armed struggle against the Jewish State.
Today the Israeli Arab communities are flooded with illegal weapons.
These weapons may someday, within the context of a broader event, serve to
be an existential danger.
It is critical to remove these illegal weapons.
But we need to be realistic. The crime situation which Israeli Arabs face
within their own communities is so grave that many of them have illegal
weapons to protect themselves from other Arabs.
Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir's plans to focus efforts on restoring law and order
in Arab communities is not an exercise in altruism. Ben-Gvir understands
that only when the normative Israeli Arab population no longer feels that
their lives are in danger will it be possible to successfully complete the
critical task of clearing out the illegal weapons.
If Ben-Gvir succeeds it will be a win-win.
The Israeli Arab communities will be liberated from the Israeli Arab
criminals who have made their lives a nightmare.
And we won't have to lose sleep wondering how one day a mind boggling
quantity of illegal weapons might be used against us.
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