An annual “state of the nation” survey conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute last week found that a firm majority of both Jews and Arabs are proud to call themselves Israeli.
Unsurprisingly, 86 percent of Jewish respondents had no problem identifying with their nationality. But those who often characterize Israel as a racist state might be surprised to learn that 65 percent of Arabs, too, are proud to be Israeli.
The survey also asked respondents to rate national institutions as either trustworthy or not.
Amongst Jews, the most trusted were the IDF (88%), the president (71%) and the Supreme Court (62%). Surprisingly, the response from Arab participants was very similar, with most trusting the Supreme Court (60%), the police (57%), the president (56%) and the IDF (51%).
Both groups most distrusted the media, the Knesset and religious leaders.