A survey conducted by Haifa University has revealed that the pull of Israel's Arab citizens into the arms of the nation's enemies may be far more advanced than many previously thought.
During a presentation of the survey results on Monday, Professor Sami Samocha said that only 41 percent of local Arab respondents recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish democratic state. By comparison, in 1995 only 7 percent of Israeli Arabs said the Jewish state had no right to exist.
The steep rise in the number of Israelis Arabs who want to see the fall of the Jewish state may have something to do with the rampant Holocaust denial among their community. Over 40 percent of those polled said they do not believe the Nazi Holocaust ever took place, and that it is a fabricated justification for the establishment of Israel.
Ironically, while the world tries to paint Israeli Jews as racists, the Haifa University survey showed that 47 percent of Israeli Arabs object to having a Jew as a neighbor. Only 27.2 percent of local Arabs felt that way just five years ago.