Worried Lebanese

thought crumbs on lebanese and middle eastern politics

Israel to appoint first Arab minister

Posted by worriedlebanese on 28/01/2007

I heard on the radio today that the Israeli cabinet had agreed to include an Arab MP in the current government. For the first time in it’s history, Israel will have a non-Jewish cabinet member. This obviously has been long overdue. The country after all, even if it declares itself to be Jewish, has two official languages (Hebrew and Arabic) and its original Arab inhabitants make up for about roughly 20% of the entire population.

This is obviously a very important step for the country in its long path to come to term with its binational and multiethnic character. 

MK (Minister in Knesset) Ghaleb Majadele is a muslim Arab (Sunni) and a member of the Labour party. In an article published in the Haaretz, he is quoted saying: “I have a good feeling, the Arab population is being given a sense of cooperation”. “I will prove that I am suitable for any position. I want to loyally serve 20 percent of the country’s residents.”
He might be assuming responsibility for culture, science and sport, which MK Ophir Pines-Paz handled before he quit the cabinet, protesting against the inclusion of MK Avigdor Lieberman, the current Minister for Strategic Affairs. M. Lieberman is the only member of the Cabinet to have voted against the inclusion of Ghaleb Majdele.

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