The Role of Radical Islamic Groups in Israel: Implications for Israeli-Arab Coexistence

By Mordechai Kedar

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), March 20, 2009

The core question is to whom does this country belong? According to the Arab narrative, this has been an Arab Islamic state since the days of Omar, the caliph who conquered the country in the seventh century. According to the Islamic approach, since Islam began in 622 CE, all of history before that time has no meaning or significance. From the Jewish perspective, this country was populated by Jews and two Jewish kingdoms were here until 1900 years ago when the Jews were expelled with no justification. It even appears in the Koran that this country had been given to the Jews. To call Israel a "colonialist" state, as the Committee of Arab Local Authorities in Israel did in 2006, means a total denial of Jewish history.

Topic: Arab-Israeli Relations, History, Islam, Palestinians, Israeli-Arab Relations, Jewish-Muslim Relations

Name of Publication: Jerusalem Issue Briefs

Funder: Wechsler Family Foundation

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Kedar, Mordechai. The Role of Radical Islamic Groups in Israel: Implications for Israeli-Arab Coexistence. Jerusalem Issue Briefs. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 20 March 2009:


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